from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In steam-engines, the hand-lever by which the throttle-valve is worked: used chiefly in locomotive engines. See cut under passenger-engine.
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Lord Peter laid a gentle hand on the throttle-lever and the shattering bellow calmed into a grateful purr.
The passage-way from the mixing chamber to the intake manifold is controlled by a butterfly valve which is called the throttle-valve and is connected to the throttle-lever on the steering wheel as well as to the foot accelerator, its position determining the amount of gas and air or mixture being fed the engine.
Every boy and almost every man has longed to ride on a locomotive, and has dreamed of holding the throttle-lever and of feeling the great machine move under him in answer to his will.
He resumed his vigil, leaning over the side of the engine with one hand on the throttle-lever.
They were talking about you and brother; and -- "She stopped short and laid her hand on the throttle-lever of the big engine:" What did you say this was for? "she asked ingenuously.