American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A device used in internal-combustion engines to produce an explosive mixture of vaporized fuel and air.
- n. US A device in an internal combustion engine where fuel is vaporized and mixed with air prior to ignition.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Chem.) 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.
- 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 alternatively a float carburetor (called also float-feed carburetor, 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.
- n. mixes air with gasoline vapor prior to explosion
- From carburet. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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