carburetor


carburetor

noun

  1. a device for mixing vaporized fuel with air to produce a combustible or explosive mixture, as for an internal-combustion engine.
n.

device to enhance a gas flame, 1866, from carburet “compound of carbon and another substance” (1795, now displaced by carbide), also used as a verb, “to combine with carbon” (1802); from carb-, comb. form of carbon, + -uret, an archaic suffix formed from Modern Latin -uretum to parallel French words in -ure. Motor vehicle sense is from 1896.

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