transitive verb-·ret·ed or -·ret·ted, -·ret·ing or -·ret·ting
- to combine chemically with carbon
- to mix or charge (a gas or air) with volatile compounds of carbon in order to increase the potential heat energy
Origin of carburetcarb(o)- + -uret
transitive verbcar·bu·ret·ed, car·bu·ret·ing, car·bu·rets, or car·bu·ret·ted car·bu·ret·ting
- To combine or mix (a gas, for example) with volatile hydrocarbons, so as to increase available fuel energy.
- To carburize.
Origin of carburetFrom carburet carbide from French carbure from Latin carbō carbon ; see carbon .
(third-person singular simple present carburets, present participle carbureting or carburetting, simple past and past participle carbureted or carburetted)
- (chemistry, dated) A carbide.