Definition of Carburetor

1. Noun. Mixes air with gasoline vapor prior to explosion.

Exact synonyms: Carburettor
Terms within: Air Horn, Air-intake, Butterfly Valve, Venturi
Group relationships: Fuel System
Generic synonyms: Mechanical Device

Definition of Carburetor

1. n. 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.

2. n. 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 a float, float- feed, 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.

Definition of Carburetor

1. Noun. (American English) A device in an internal combustion engine where fuel is vaporized and mixed with air prior to ignition. ¹

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Definition of Carburetor

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Carburetor

carburetor (current term)
carburetted hydrogen

Literary usage of Carburetor

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Dyke's Automobile and Gasoline Engine Encyclopedia by Andrew Lee Dyke (1920)
"carburetor Troubles. Adjustments of Leading carburetors. ... First and most important thing to learn about any carburetor is to let it alone as long as it ..."

2. The Gasoline Automobile by George William Hobbs (1915)
"carburetor Control Methods.—The carburetor is controlled from the driver's seat. ... There are numerous systems for feeding the gasoline to the carburetor ..."

3. The Modern Gasoline Automobile: Its Design, Construction, Operation and by Victor Wilfred Pagé (1917)
"... VI Construction of Modern carburetors—Schebler Model E—New Schebler Metering Pin Type—Kingston—-Ford carburetor—Holley carburetors ..."

4. Transactions of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers by American Society of Mechanical Engineers (1920)
"The results of these tests are valuable and convincing, and while they will always be the final criterion of carburetor performance, they fall a little ..."

5. The Horseless Age (1909)
"It is generally assumed that the carburetor should require very little attention ... However, in ordinary practice, carburetor troubles are rather frequent, ..."

6. Aviation Engines: Design--construction--operation and Repair; a Complete by Victor Wilfred Pagé (1917)
"THERE is no appliance that has more material value upon the efficiency of the internal combustion motor than the carburetor or vaporizer which supplies the ..."

7. The Car-builder's Dictionary: An Illustrated Vocabulary of Terms which Master Car-Builders' Association, Arthur Mellen Wellington, Calvin A. Smith, Leander Garey, Matthias Nace Forney by Master Car-Builders' Association, Arthur Mellen Wellington, Calvin A. Smith, Leander Garey, Matthias Nace Forney (1895)
"The carburetor is a square box, hermetically sealed, which is provided with an ... It has also a carburetor flue, which provides for the passage of air from ..."

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