• WordNet 3.6
    • n carburettor mixes air with gasoline vapor prior to explosion
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Carburettor (Chem) An apparatus in which coal gas, hydrogen, or air is passed through or over a volatile hydrocarbon, in order to confer or increase illuminating power.
    • Carburettor One that carburets; specif., an apparatus in which air or gas is carbureted, as by passing it through a light petroleum oil. The carburetor for a gasoline engine is usually either a surface carburetor , or alternatively a float carburetor called also float-feed carburetor or spray carburetor ). In the former air is charged by being passed over the surface of gasoline. In the latter a fine spray of gasoline is drawn from an atomizing nozzle by a current of air induced by the suction of the engine piston, the supply of gasoline being regulated by a float which actuates a needle valve controlling the outlet of the feed pipe. Alcohol and other volatile inflammable liquids may be used instead of gasoline.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Carburettor an apparatus for charging gases with carbon
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In literature:

The Claudel-Hobson type of carburettor is employed with this engine.
"British Airships, Past, Present, and Future" by George Whale
Bleriot, following, succeeded in covering one side of the triangular course, but then came down through grit in the carburettor.
"A History of Aeronautics" by E. Charles Vivian
A little beyond Huelgoat he began to experience trouble with the carburettor.
"Malvina of Brittany" by Jerome K. Jerome
I positively dreamt of carburettors, magnetoes, and how to change tyres!
"Fanny Goes to War" by Pat Beauchamp
A flooded carburettor is a nuisance in an unsavoury village.
"Adventures of a Despatch Rider" by W. H. L. Watson
My car, upon whose carburettor an operation for appendicitis had been successfully performed by the handy men up at the H.Q.
"Leaves from a Field Note-Book" by J. H. Morgan
He talked about dinner, and buying petrol for the car, and told me dull facts about tiresome things called carburettors.
"The Heather-Moon" by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
He tried an alteration in the carburettor mixture, but this did not remedy matters.
"Cavalry of the Clouds" by Alan Bott
Ignition, carburettor, what had been damaged?
"The Spy in Black" by J. Storer Clouston
The result was the Meldrum Paraffin Carburettor, now a standard adjunct of the commercial motor.
"A Knight on Wheels" by Ian Hay
You couldn't expect fuel to reach the carburettor when she was standing on her head.
"The Great Airship." by F. S. Brereton
You remember the Marx carburettor?
"Sant of the Secret Service" by William Le Queux
Water or dirt in the carburettor plays the mischief.
"The Launch Boys' Cruise in the Deerfoot" by Edward S. Ellis

In poetry:

The poor sandpiper cannot pipe
He's all wheezed up and croaked
He's swallowed so much sand
His blinking carburettors choked!
"Mandalay 1" by Billy Bennett
The other poor darling keeps crying for milk
And the dairy sent news that upset us
Their cows have been feeding on tubs of ice-cream
And they’ve frozen up all carburettors.
"Father Come Home" by Billy Bennett

In science:

More detail about the engine in this vehicle is provided by the pattern in column 5 which tells us that, as a gasoline-type engine, it runs on gasoline fuel, that it has a (relatively) low compression and that, in addition to the parts mentioned earlier, it has spark plugs and a carburettor.
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The main alternative to gasoline-type engines is, of course, the diesel type—not shown in the figure— which runs on diesel fuel, has a (relatively) high compression, and does not need spark plugs or a carburettor.
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