Definition of throttle noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈθrɒtl//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈθrɑːtl//
Parts of a car
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a device that controls the amount of fuel that goes into the engine of a vehicle, for example the accelerator in a car He drove along at full throttle (= as fast as possible). (figurative) The campaign is continuing to run at full throttle. See related entries: Parts of a car Word Originlate Middle English (as a verb): perhaps a frequentative, from throat; the noun (dating from the mid 16th cent. referring to a person's throat, gullet or windpipe) is perhaps a diminutive of throat, but the history of the word is not clear.
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