throttle

throttle
throttle (v.) "strangle to death," c.1400, probably from M.E. throte "throat" (see THROAT (Cf. throat)). The noun, in the mechanical sense, is first recorded 1870s, from throttle-valve (1824), but was used earlier as a synonym for "throat" (1540s); it appears to be an independent formation, not derived from the verb.

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  • Throttle — Throt tle, n. [Dim. of throat. See {Throat}.] 1. The windpipe, or trachea; the weasand. Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster] 2. (Steam Engine) The throttle valve. [1913 Webster] {Throttle lever} (Steam Engine), the hand lever by which a throttle valve is …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Throttle — Throt tle, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Throttled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Throttling}.] 1. To compress the throat of; to choke; to strangle. [1913 Webster] Grant him this, and the Parliament hath no more freedom than if it sat in his noose, which, when he… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • throttle — [thrät′ l] n. [prob. dim. of THROAT: see LE] 1. Rare the throat or windpipe 2. a valve that regulates the flow of fluids; esp., a butterfly valve that controls the release of fuel vapor from a carburetor, or the control valve in a steam line:… …   English World dictionary

  • throttle up — ˌthrottle ˈup [intransitive] [present tense I/you/we/they throttle up he/she/it throttles up present participle throttling up past tense …   Useful english dictionary

  • throttle — ► NOUN 1) a device controlling the flow of fuel or power to an engine. 2) archaic a person s throat, gullet, or windpipe. ► VERB 1) attack or kill by choking or strangling. 2) control (an engine or vehicle) with a throttle. ORIGIN perhaps from …   English terms dictionary

  • Throttle — Throt tle, v. i. 1. To have the throat obstructed so as to be in danger of suffocation; to choke; to suffocate. [1913 Webster] 2. To breathe hard, as when nearly suffocated. [1913 Webster] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • throttle — index occlude, shut, stifle Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • throttle — vb *suffocate, asphyxiate, stifle, smother, choke, strangle …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • throttle — [v] choke burke, control, gag, inhibit, silence, smother, stifle, strangle, strangulate, suppress; concept 191 Ant. free, release …   New thesaurus

  • Throttle — A throttle is the mechanism by which the flow of a fluid is managed by constriction or obstruction. An engine s power can be increased or decreased by the restriction of inlet gases ( i.e., by the use of a throttle). The term throttle has come to …   Wikipedia

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