throttle
I. verb (throttled; throttling) Etymology: Middle English throtelen, from throte throat Date: 15th century transitive verb 1. a. (1) to compress the throat of ; choke (2) to kill by such action b. to prevent or check expression or activity of ; suppress <
policies that throttle creativity
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2. a. to decrease the flow of (as steam or fuel to an engine) by a valve b. to regulate and especially to reduce the speed of (as an engine) by such means c. to vary the thrust of (a rocket engine) during flight intransitive verb to throttle something (as an engine) — usually used with back or down <
the pilot throttled back
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throttler noun II. noun Etymology: perhaps from Middle English *throtel, diminutive of throte throat Date: circa 1547 1. a. throat 1a b. trachea 1 2. a. a valve for regulating the supply of a fluid (as steam) to an engine; especially the valve controlling the volume of vaporized fuel charge delivered to the cylinders of an internal combustion engine b. the lever controlling this valve c. the condition of being throttled

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  • Throttle — Throt tle, n. [Dim. of throat. See {Throat}.] 1. The windpipe, or trachea; the weasand. Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster] 2. (Steam Engine) The throttle valve. [1913 Webster] {Throttle lever} (Steam Engine), the hand lever by which a throttle valve is …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Throttle — Throt tle, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Throttled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Throttling}.] 1. To compress the throat of; to choke; to strangle. [1913 Webster] Grant him this, and the Parliament hath no more freedom than if it sat in his noose, which, when he… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • throttle — [thrät′ l] n. [prob. dim. of THROAT: see LE] 1. Rare the throat or windpipe 2. a valve that regulates the flow of fluids; esp., a butterfly valve that controls the release of fuel vapor from a carburetor, or the control valve in a steam line:… …   English World dictionary

  • throttle — (v.) strangle to death, c.1400, probably from M.E. throte throat (see THROAT (Cf. throat)). The noun, in the mechanical sense, is first recorded 1870s, from throttle valve (1824), but was used earlier as a synonym for throat (1540s); it appears… …   Etymology dictionary

  • throttle — ► NOUN 1) a device controlling the flow of fuel or power to an engine. 2) archaic a person s throat, gullet, or windpipe. ► VERB 1) attack or kill by choking or strangling. 2) control (an engine or vehicle) with a throttle. ORIGIN perhaps from …   English terms dictionary

  • Throttle — Throt tle, v. i. 1. To have the throat obstructed so as to be in danger of suffocation; to choke; to suffocate. [1913 Webster] 2. To breathe hard, as when nearly suffocated. [1913 Webster] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • throttle — index occlude, shut, stifle Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • throttle — vb *suffocate, asphyxiate, stifle, smother, choke, strangle …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • throttle — [v] choke burke, control, gag, inhibit, silence, smother, stifle, strangle, strangulate, suppress; concept 191 Ant. free, release …   New thesaurus

  • Throttle — A throttle is the mechanism by which the flow of a fluid is managed by constriction or obstruction. An engine s power can be increased or decreased by the restriction of inlet gases ( i.e., by the use of a throttle). The term throttle has come to …   Wikipedia

  • throttle — The device that controls the vacuum created in the venturi of the carburetor. The greater the vacuum, the richer the fuel air mixture. The throttle enables the engine to run on a richer mixture and produce more power for high speed driving. It… …   Dictionary of automotive terms

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