Definition of carburetor in English:


(also carburator) (British carburettor)


  • 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It had something to do with the fuel freezing somewhere between the carburetor and the engine.’
    • ‘Simply put, if driven front first up a slope, the petrol would not feed the carburettor and the engine would conk out.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 have created a handsome engine that s modern but retro with air-cooling, a carburetor, and pushrods activating two valves per cylinder.’
    • ‘When nitrous oxide is sprayed into the carburetor, it gives the motor a temporary horsepower boost, enabling a better qualifying time.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Detergents within the fuels, they say, significantly reduce deposits on inlet valves and in carburettors.’
    • ‘They are designed to protect fuel pumps, fuel-pressure regulators, carburetors, and nitrous-oxide systems from dirt and debris.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘On some cars you might have a lever that allowed you to crudely adjust the flow of fuel through the carburetor.’
    • ‘The most obvious change was the switch from putting fuel in the engine with a carburettor to using fuel injection.’
    • ‘About all you needed then were bigger engines with bigger carburetors and bigger exhausts.’
    • ‘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.’


Mid 19th century: from archaic carburet ‘combine or charge with a hydrocarbon’ + -or.