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throttle

throt·tle

throttle

pronunciation:
thra tl
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb
part of speech: noun
definition 1: a valve in a machine, esp. an automobile engine, that controls the flow of fuel, air, or the like.
similar words:
valve
definition 2: a pedal, lever, handle, or the like that opens or closes such a valve.
synonyms:
pedal
similar words:
accelerator, gas
 
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: throttled, throttles, throttling
definition 1: to choke or strangle.
synonyms:
choke, strangle
similar words:
burke, gag, garrote, stifle, strangulate
definition 2: to obstruct or suppress.
Free speech was throttled by censorship.
synonyms:
check, obstruct, stifle, suppress
similar words:
gag, limit, mute, muzzle, quash, quench, restrain, silence, smother, stop, subdue
definition 3: to reduce the flow of (fuel and air) in an engine, or to reduce this flow in (an engine).
derivation: throttler (n.)