throt·​tling | \ ˈthrät-liŋ How to pronounce throttling (audio) , ˈthrä-tᵊl-iŋ \
plural throttlings

Definition of throttling

1 : the act or an instance of throttling something or someone: such as
a : the suppression or prevention of an activity … maintains that the dramatic relaxation of credit restrictions proposed by the Central Bank will inevitably result in hyperinflation, the throttling of economic reforms and the collapse of Western confidence in the Russian economy.— Michael Dobbs
b US, informal : a decisive defeat : rout You missed an impressive, imposing 40-13 victory over Memphis … and a 61-17 throttling of FIU in the season opener.The Orlando Sentinel
2 : the activity or process of limiting the bandwidth available to users of an electronic communication systems (such as the Internet) Slowing down data speeds after a customer reaches its monthly data limit is a common practice among internet service providers and cellular carriers that's known as throttling. Users can still access the cellular network for basic services like email or web browsing, but speeds are often too slow for activities like video streaming.— Ryan Suppe

First Known Use of throttling

1599, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Throttling.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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