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Definitions for throttle
ˈθrɒt lthrot·tle

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. accelerator, throttle, throttle valvenoun

    a valve that regulates the supply of fuel to the engine

  2. accelerator, accelerator pedal, gas pedal, gas, throttle, gunverb

    a pedal that controls the throttle valve

    "he stepped on the gas"

  3. restrict, restrain, trammel, limit, bound, confine, throttleverb

    place limits on (extent or access)

    "restrict the use of this parking lot"; "limit the time you can spend with your friends"

  4. strangle, strangulate, throttleverb

    kill by squeezing the throat of so as to cut off the air

    "he tried to strangle his opponent"; "A man in Boston has been strangling several dozen prostitutes"

  5. choke, throttleverb

    reduce the air supply

    "choke a carburetor"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Throttlenoun

    The windpipe.

    Etymology: from throat.

    At the upper extreme it hath no larinx or throttle to qualify the sound. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Errours.

  2. To Throttleverb

    To choak; to suffocate; to kill by stopping the breath.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    I have seen them shiver and look pale,
    Make periods in the midst of sentences,
    Throttle their practis’d accents in their fears,
    And, in conclusion, dumbly have broke off. William Shakespeare.

    As when Antæus in Irassa strove
    With Jove’s Alcides, and oft foil’d still rose,
    Receiving from his mother earth new strength,
    Fresh from his fall and fiercer grapple join’d,
    Throttled at length in th’ air, expir’d and fell. John Milton.

    His throat half throttl’d with corrupted phlegm,
    And breathing through his jaws a belching steam. Dryden.

    The throttling quinsey ’tis my star appoints,
    And rheumatism I send to rack the joints. Dryden.

    Throttle thyself with an ell of strong tape,
    For thou hast not a groat to attone for a rape. Jonathan Swift.


  1. Throttle

    A throttle is the mechanism by which fluid flow is managed by constriction or obstruction. An engine's power can be increased or decreased by the restriction of inlet gases (by the use of a throttle), but usually decreased. The term throttle has come to refer, informally, to any mechanism by which the power or speed of an engine is regulated, such as a car's accelerator pedal. What is often termed a throttle (in an aviation context) is also called a thrust lever, particularly for jet engine powered aircraft. For a steam locomotive, the valve which controls the steam is known as the regulator.


  1. throttle

    Throttle generally refers to a device used to regulate the flow of fuel or power to an engine, effectively controlling the speed of the engine. In a broader context, it can also mean to control, suppress or limit something.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Throttlenoun

    the windpipe, or trachea; the weasand

  2. Throttlenoun

    the throttle valve

  3. Throttleverb

    to compress the throat of; to choke; to strangle

  4. Throttleverb

    to utter with breaks and interruption, in the manner of a person half suffocated

  5. Throttleverb

    to shut off, or reduce flow of, as steam to an engine

  6. Throttleverb

    to have the throat obstructed so as to be in danger of suffocation; to choke; to suffocate

  7. Throttleverb

    to breathe hard, as when nearly suffocated


  1. 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, but usually decreased. The term throttle has come to refer, informally and incorrectly, to any mechanism by which the power or speed of an engine is regulated. What is often termed a throttle is more correctly called a thrust lever. For a steam engine, the steam valve that sets the engine speed/power is often known as a regulator.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Throttle

    throt′l, n. the throat or windpipe.—v.t. to choke by pressure on the windpipe: to shut off the steam from a steam-pipe, engine, &c.—v.i. to breathe hard, as when nearly suffocated.—ns. Thrott′le-pipe, the vertical pipe between the throttle-valve and dry-pipe of a locomotive; Thrott′ler, one who throttles; Thrott′le-valve, a valve regulating the supply of steam to the cylinder. [Dim. of throat.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of throttle in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of throttle in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of throttle in a Sentence

  1. Bill Menezes:

    The hope is that full-throttle 5G, like these new airwaves will help provide, will be light years faster than the Wi-Fi you usually get at airports, so waiting for a flight or flight delays might be less painful if you can more readily stream better interactive games or 4K videos at full quality.

  2. Scotlands Andy Quay:

    The suspension and the throttle conversion had been altered - that was why it went flying.

  3. George Steinmetz:

    It's not easy, it's a little bit tricky and it's really quite hectic. It's not like an airplane, where you just push the throttle forward. You have to watch out for your kneecaps.

  4. Boban Marjanovic:

    We took Puerto Rico seriously and played at full throttle from start to finish, we still have room to improve. It will be tough against Spain (in the next game) as always but we are looking forward to the challenge.

  5. Cameron Lee:

    I was kind of hesitant to leave my job, a job -- all you have to do is show up for work and it's guaranteed money. But I kind of woke up one day and I was like, I am going full throttle with this.

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Translations for throttle

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  • ventil, škrtit, brzditCzech
  • Drossel, Gaspedal, würgen, drosselnGerman
  • estrangular, aceleradorSpanish
  • kaasupoljin, kuristusläppä, kaasuläppä, kaasuttaa, kaasu, kuristaaFinnish
  • étrangler, accélérateur, limiterFrench
  • tachd, mùchScottish Gaelic
  • lefékez, lassít, fékezHungarian
  • mencekikIndonesian
  • acceleratore, rallentare, soffocareItalian
  • アクセル, アクセレレーター, スロットルJapanese
  • offōcōLatin
  • wurgenDutch
  • estrangularPortuguese
  • душить, дроссель, акселератор, замедлятьRussian
  • pedala gasa, zagušiti, zadaviti, oduzeti gas, вентил, papučica gasa, ventilSerbo-Croatian
  • gaspedal, strypaSwedish

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