Carburettor
Carburetor Car"bu*ret`or, Carburettor Car"bu*ret`tor, n. 1. (Chem.) An apparatus in which coal gas, hydrogen, or air is passed through or over a volatile hydrocarbon, in order to confer or increase illuminating power. [Written also {carburettor}.] [1913 Webster]

2. One that carburets; specif., an apparatus in which air or gas is carbureted, as by passing it through a light petroleum oil. The carburetor for a gasoline engine is usually either a {surface carburetor}, or alternatively a {float carburetor} (called also {float-feed carburetor}, or {spray carburetor}). In the former air is charged by being passed over the surface of gasoline. In the latter a fine spray of gasoline is drawn from an atomizing nozzle by a current of air induced by the suction of the engine piston, the supply of gasoline being regulated by a float which actuates a needle valve controlling the outlet of the feed pipe. Alcohol and other volatile inflammable liquids may be used instead of gasoline. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]


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  • carburettor — (Brit.) n. part of an internal combustion engine (also carburetor) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • carburettor — This is the standard spelling in BrE, as distinct from AmE carburetor (with one t) …   Modern English usage

  • carburettor — (also carburetter, US carburetor) ► NOUN ▪ a device in an internal combustion engine for mixing air with a fine spray of liquid fuel. DERIVATIVES carburetted (US carbureted) adjective. ORIGIN from archaic carburet «combine or charge with carbon» …   English terms dictionary

  • carburettor — Carburetor Car bu*ret or, Carburettor Car bu*ret tor, n. 1. (Chem.) An apparatus in which coal gas, hydrogen, or air is passed through or over a volatile hydrocarbon, in order to confer or increase illuminating power. [Written also… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • carburettor — UK [ˌkɑː(r)bəˈretə(r)] / US [ˈkɑrbəˌreɪtər] noun [countable] Word forms carburettor : singular carburettor plural carburettors the part of an engine, for example in some cars, that mixes air and petrol in order to provide power …   English dictionary

  • carburettor — [19] Carburettor is a derivative of carburet, an obsolete term for what is now known as carbide ‘a carbon compound’. It was originally used for a device for adding carbon to a gas for enhancing its power of illumination; the current application… …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • carburettor — [[t]kɑ͟ː(r)bəre̱tə(r), AM reɪtə(r)[/t]] carburettors N COUNT A carburettor is the part of an engine, usually in a car, in which air and petrol are mixed together to form a vapour which can be burned. (in AM, use carburetor) …   English dictionary

  • carburettor — [19] Carburettor is a derivative of carburet, an obsolete term for what is now known as carbide ‘a carbon compound’. It was originally used for a device for adding carbon to a gas for enhancing its power of illumination; the current application… …   Word origins

  • carburettor — also carburetter chiefly British variant of carburetor …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • carburettor — Смотри Карбюратор …   Энциклопедический словарь по металлургии

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