Definition of throttle in English:


Line breaks: throt¦tle
Pronunciation: /ˈθrɒt(ə)l


  • 1A device controlling the flow of fuel or power to an engine: the engines were at full throttle
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    • There's only a throttle lever for power control - push forward to go, pull back to stop.
    • The engine's electronic throttle control is designed to increase manifold pressure to maintain engine torque.
    • On the right, the engine throttle controlling nearly 7,000 pounds of thrust was no help to the now severely tail-heavy tumbling mass of metal.
  • 2 archaic A person’s throat, gullet, or windpipe.
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    • The neck of each bottle she thrusts down her throttle.
    • He used to carry home to me..from his anatomy class..the throttles of all kinds of animals.


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  • 2Control (an engine or vehicle) with a throttle: it has two engines that can be throttled
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    • The pilot wiped out his flight controls, throttled the engines to military thrust, and quickly checked the instruments.
    • He throttled the engine as he pulled the car away from the curb.
    • Monty throttled the engines back as they passed the sentinel points of a reef.
  • 2.1 [no object] (throttle back or down) Reduce the power of an engine or vehicle by use of the throttle: the pitch of the engine fell as the driver throttled back
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    • I always find it unnerving to throttle back large piston aero engines to idle in flight, and the Kestrel was no exception.
    • After liftoff, at nearly 100 percent of rated thrust, the engine throttles back momentarily.
    • After reaching the usual 8000-ft cruising altitude, the engines were throttled back to create a moderate cabin noise level.



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  • These Congressmen are willing to be named, it seems, as throttlers of legislation that would have made impossible a repetition of the horrors of the Triangle Waist factory fire.
  • Other than job stress, most men say that nagging is the only sure throttler of desire.
  • Alfalfa's enormous yields, high protein content, economy as a crop, and value as a soil builder and weed throttler is almost without parallel in plant history.


late Middle English (as a verb): perhaps a frequentative, from throat; the noun (dating from the mid 16th century in sense 2) is perhaps a diminutive of throat, but the history of the word is not clear.

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