Carburetor

Definition of Carburetor

Car´bu`ret`or
surface carburetor, or alternatively a float carburetor (called also float-feed carburetor, orspray carburetor). In the formerair is charged by being passed over the surface of gasoline. In the latter a finespray of gasoline is drawn from an atomizingnozzle by a current of airinduced by the suction of the enginepiston, the supply of gasoline being regulated by a float which actuates a needlevalvecontrolling the outlet of the feedpipe. Alcohol and other volatileinflammableliquids may be used instead of gasoline.
n.1.(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.
2.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

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air horn, air-intake, butterfly valve, carburettor, fuel system, mechanical device, venturi
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