from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A valve that regulates the flow of a fluid, such as the valve in an internal-combustion engine that controls the amount of vaporized fuel entering the cylinders.
- n. A lever or pedal controlling such a valve.
- transitive v. To regulate the flow of (fuel) in an engine.
- transitive v. To regulate the speed of (an engine) with a throttle.
- transitive v. To suppress: tried to throttle the press.
- transitive v. To strangle; choke.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A valve that regulates the supply of fuel-air mixture to an internal combustion engine and thus controls its speed; a similar valve that controls the air supply to an engine.
- n. The lever or pedal that controls this valve.
- v. To cut back on the speed of (an engine, person, organization, network connection, etc.).
- v. To strangle or choke someone.
- v. To have the throat obstructed so as to be in danger of suffocation; to choke; to suffocate.
- v. To breathe hard, as when nearly suffocated.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The windpipe, or trachea; the weasand.
- n. The throttle valve.
- transitive v. To compress the throat of; to choke; to strangle.
- transitive v. To utter with breaks and interruption, in the manner of a person half suffocated.
- transitive v. To shut off, or reduce flow of, as steam to an engine.
- intransitive v. To have the throat obstructed so as to be in danger of suffocation; to choke; to suffocate.
- intransitive v. To breathe hard, as when nearly suffocated.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In electricity, to reduce (the flux in a magnetic circuit) by diminishing the cross-section of the iron traversed by the lines of force, or by the introduction of joints or air-gaps.
- n. The throat.
- n. The windpipe or thropple: same as throat, 2 .
- n. A throttle-valve.
- To choke; suffocate; have the throat obstructed so as to be in danger of suffocation.
- To breathe hard, as when nearly suffocated.
- To choke; suffocate; stop the breath of by compressing the throat; strangle.
- To pronounce with a choking voice; utter with breaks and interruptions, like a person half suffocated.
- To obstruct by a throttle-valve or otherwise: said of steam, a steam-pipe, or a steam-engine.
- Synonyms Strangle, etc. See smother.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. place limits on (extent or access)
- n. a valve that regulates the supply of fuel to the engine
- n. a pedal that controls the throttle valve
- v. kill by squeezing the throat of so as to cut off the air
- v. reduce the air supply
Short for throttle valve, from throttle, to strangle, choke, from Middle English throtelen, probably from throte, throat; see throat.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English *throtel, diminutive of throte ("throat"), equivalent to throat + -le. Compare German Drossel ("throttle"). More at throat. (Wiktionary)
From Middle English throtlen ("to choke, strangle, suffocate"), from the noun (see above). Compare German erdrosseln ("to strangle, choke, throttle"). (Wiktionary)