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Definition of "throttle" []

  • A valve that regulates the flow of a fluid, such as the valve in an internal-combustion engine that controls the amount of vaporized fuel entering the cylinders. (noun)
  • A lever or pedal controlling such a valve. (noun)
  • To regulate the flow of (fuel) in an engine. (verb-transitive)
  • To regulate the speed of (an engine) with a throttle. (verb-transitive)
  • To suppress: tried to throttle the press. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "throttle" in a sentence
  • "The sneaky thing about the virus is that it steps on your endorphin throttle pretty hard as it goes to work."
  • "In airplanes, the power lever is called a throttle and is normally mounted perpendicular to the floor."
  • "I thought that I might go faster by not giving the motor the full throttle because the more the throttle is extended, the more wheel spin one gets and I came back with what must have been a three quarter opening of the throttle and the speed on the return journey was only two miles an hours less than before."