- The definition of a throttle is a valve that controls the fluid flow.
An example of a throttle is a car part that controls how fuel moves through the system.
- Throttle is defined as to control the speed of an engine or the flow of fuel in an engine, or to hold down or choke.
- An example of throttle is for a device to control how fuel moves through a car engine.
- An example of throttle is to strangle someone.
- Rare the throat or windpipe
- a valve that regulates the flow of fluids; esp., a butterfly valve that controls the release of fuel vapor from a carburetor, or the control valve in a steam linealso throttle plate
- the hand lever or pedal that controls this valve
Origin of throttleprobably diminutive of throat: see -le
transitive verb-·tled, -·tling
- to choke; strangle
- to stop the utterance or action of; censor or suppress
- to reduce the flow of (fuel vapor, etc.) by means of a throttle
- to lessen the speed of (an engine, vehicle, etc.) by this or similar means; slow (down)
Origin of throttleME throtlen < throte, throat
- A valve that regulates the flow of a fluid, such as the valve in an internal-combustion engine that controls the amount of air-fuel mixture entering the cylinders.
- A lever or pedal controlling such a valve.
transitive verbthrot·tled, throt·tling, throt·tles
- a. To regulate the flow of (fuel) in an engine.b. To regulate the speed of (an engine) with a throttle.
- To suppress: tried to throttle the press.
- To strangle (a person); choke.
Origin of throttleShort for throttle valve from throttle to strangle, choke from Middle English throtelen probably from throte throat ; see throat.
(third-person singular simple present throttles, present participle throttling, simple past and past participle throttled)
- To cut back on the speed of (an engine, person, organization, network connection, etc.).
- To strangle or choke someone.
- (intransitive) To have the throat obstructed so as to be in danger of suffocation; to choke; to suffocate.
- (intransitive) To breathe hard, as when nearly suffocated.
- To utter with breaks and interruption, in the manner of a person half suffocated.
From Middle English throtlen (“to choke, strangle, suffocate"), from the noun (see above). Compare German erdrosseln (“to strangle, choke, throttle").