One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A device in an internal combustion engine for mixing air with a fine spray of liquid fuel.
- ‘To this the students may add the options of turbocharger or supercharger, carburetor or fuel injection with electronic engine management.’
- ‘If possible, trace the throttle cable from where it leaves the firewall to the carburetor or fuel control unit, and look for wear and tear, or loose connections.’
- ‘About all you needed then were bigger engines with bigger carburetors and bigger exhausts.’
- ‘More than a decade later, along with Wilhelm Maybach he developed a high-speed internal combination engine with a carburettor that made it possible to use gasoline as fuel.’
- ‘When nitrous oxide is sprayed into the carburetor, it gives the motor a temporary horsepower boost, enabling a better qualifying time.’
- ‘As he worked on carburetors, engines, and transmissions, he did something unusual.’
- ‘This sludge blocked fuel filters, carburettors and fuel-injection systems, leading to rough running and engine failures.’
- ‘In the old days, when cars had carburetors, fuel metering was so imprecise that the carburetor would pour way too much fuel into the cylinders at idle.’
- ‘They have created a handsome engine that s modern but retro with air-cooling, a carburetor, and pushrods activating two valves per cylinder.’
- ‘On some cars you might have a lever that allowed you to crudely adjust the flow of fuel through the carburetor.’
- ‘The most likely cause is an abrupt or inappropriate movement of the helicopter's controls or the stalling of the main rotor blade due to icing on the engine carburetor.’
- ‘It had something to do with the fuel freezing somewhere between the carburetor and the engine.’
- ‘The most obvious change was the switch from putting fuel in the engine with a carburettor to using fuel injection.’
- ‘Simply put, if driven front first up a slope, the petrol would not feed the carburettor and the engine would conk out.’
- ‘Detergents within the fuels, they say, significantly reduce deposits on inlet valves and in carburettors.’
- ‘He switched the fuel pump on and off at the top end in an attempt to keep the fuel mixing in the carburetors.’
- ‘Those races stand out because restrictor plates are put on the carburetors to keep horsepower down.’
- ‘Yes, I know that carburetors have been around forever and that fuel injection is the wave of the future, but I'm still impressed by how well a carburetor can adapt to changing conditions.’
- ‘Fuel and air mixed in the carburetor is sent into the crankcase and from there into the cylinder through an intake port, a circular opening in the crankcase wall.’
- ‘They are designed to protect fuel pumps, fuel-pressure regulators, carburetors, and nitrous-oxide systems from dirt and debris.’
Mid 19th century: from archaic carburet ‘combine or charge with a hydrocarbon’ + -or.
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