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throttle

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verb throt·tle \ˈthrä-təl\

Definition of throttle

throttled

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throttling

play \ˈthrät-liŋ, ˈthrä-təl-iŋ\
  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a (1) :  to compress the throat of :  choke (2) :  to kill by such actionb :  to prevent or check expression or activity of :  suppress policies that throttle creativity

  3. 2a :  to decrease the flow of (something, such as steam or fuel to an engine) by a valveb :  to regulate and especially to reduce the speed of (something, such as an engine) by such meansc :  to vary the thrust of (a rocket engine) during flight

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to throttle something (something, such as an engine) —usually used with back or down the pilot throttled back

throttler

play \ˈthrät-lər, ˈthrä-təl-ər\ noun

Examples of throttle in a Sentence

  1. He throttled her in a fit of jealous rage.

  2. I'm so mad I could throttle her!

Origin and Etymology of throttle

Middle English throtelen, from throte throat


First Known Use: 15th century


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throttle

noun throt·tle

Definition of throttle

  1. 1a :  a valve for regulating the supply of a fluid (such as steam) to an engine; especially :  the valve controlling the volume of vaporized fuel charge delivered to the cylinders of an internal combustion engineb :  the lever controlling this valvec :  the condition of being throttled

  2. 2a :  throat 1ab :  trachea 1

at full throttle

  1. :  at full speed the project is proceeding at full throttle

Examples of throttle in a Sentence

  1. When you press a car's accelerator, it opens the throttle, and the car goes faster.

Origin and Etymology of throttle

perhaps from Middle English *throtel, diminutive of throte throat


First Known Use: circa 1547

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THROTTLE Defined for English Language Learners

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throttle

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verb throt·tle \ˈthrä-təl\

Definition of throttle for English Language Learners

  • : to choke or strangle (someone)

  • : to defeat (someone or something) easily or completely

  • : to not allow (something) to grow or develop

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throttle

noun throt·tle

Definition of throttle for English Language Learners

  • : a device that controls the flow of fuel to an engine


THROTTLE Defined for Kids

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throttle

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verb throt·tle \ˈthrä-təl\

Definition of throttle for Students

throttled

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throttling

  1. 1 :  to strangle or choke (someone)

  2. 2 :  to reduce the speed of (an engine) by closing the throttle valve


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throttle

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noun throt·tle

Definition of throttle for Students

  1. :  a valve or a lever that controls the valve for regulating the flow of steam or fuel in an engine



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