Definition of throttle in English:
- 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.
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- Avoid thinking aloud lest others are tempted to throttle you.
- Feel free to throttle him. go for it. we'll all be rooting for you - he's such a… guy.
- The man may not be the crazed attacker who throttled the young lawyer and tried to force her into the boot of her car last Thursday, but he was in the Leeds car park when the terrifying incident took place.
- 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.
- 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.
late Middle English (as a verb): perhaps a frequentative, from throat; the noun (sense 2, dating from the mid 16th century) is perhaps a diminutive of throat, but the history of the word is not clear.
Throttle, to stop someone breathing by squeezing their throat is a development of Old English throat. As a mid 16th-century noun it was at first an alternative word for throat. Use of the word to refer to a valve controlling the flow of fuel dates from the early 19th century.
- Example sentences
- 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.
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