carburettor

[19] Carburettor is a derivative of carburet, an obsolete term for what is now known as carbide ‘a carbon compound’. It was originally used for a device for adding carbon to a gas for enhancing its power of illumination; the current application to a device for producing air/fuel vapour in an engine dates from the 1890s. Carburet itself was a later form of carbure, borrowed in the 1790s from French; its ultimate origin was in Latin carbō, source of English carbon. => CARBON

The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins. 2013.

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  • carburettor — (Brit.) n. part of an internal combustion engine (also carburetor) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • carburettor — This is the standard spelling in BrE, as distinct from AmE carburetor (with one t) …   Modern English usage

  • carburettor — (also carburetter, US carburetor) ► NOUN ▪ a device in an internal combustion engine for mixing air with a fine spray of liquid fuel. DERIVATIVES carburetted (US carbureted) adjective. ORIGIN from archaic carburet «combine or charge with carbon» …   English terms dictionary

  • Carburettor — Carburetor Car bu*ret or, Carburettor Car bu*ret tor, 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. [Written also… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • carburettor — UK [ˌkɑː(r)bəˈretə(r)] / US [ˈkɑrbəˌreɪtər] noun [countable] Word forms carburettor : singular carburettor plural carburettors the part of an engine, for example in some cars, that mixes air and petrol in order to provide power …   English dictionary

  • carburettor — [[t]kɑ͟ː(r)bəre̱tə(r), AM reɪtə(r)[/t]] carburettors N COUNT A carburettor is the part of an engine, usually in a car, in which air and petrol are mixed together to form a vapour which can be burned. (in AM, use carburetor) …   English dictionary

  • carburettor — [19] Carburettor is a derivative of carburet, an obsolete term for what is now known as carbide ‘a carbon compound’. It was originally used for a device for adding carbon to a gas for enhancing its power of illumination; the current application… …   Word origins

  • carburettor — also carburetter chiefly British variant of carburetor …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • carburettor — Смотри Карбюратор …   Энциклопедический словарь по металлургии

  • carburettor — car|bu|ret|tor BrE carburetor AmE [ˌka:bjuˈretə, bə US ˈka:rbəreıtər] n [Date: 1800 1900; Origin: carburet to mix with carbon (19 21 centuries), from carburet compound of carbon with another chemical (18 19 centuries)] a part of an engine,… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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