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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 car·bu·re·tor /ˈkɑrbəˌretɚ/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Car·bu·ret·or, 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 carburettor.]
 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 {surface carburetor}, or alternatively a {float carburetor} (called also {float-feed carburetor}, or  {spray carburetor}). In the former air is charged by being passed over the surface of gasoline. In the latter a fine spray of gasoline is drawn from an atomizing nozzle by a current of air induced by the suction of the engine piston, the supply of gasoline being regulated by a float which actuates a needle valve controlling the outlet of the feed pipe. Alcohol and other volatile inflammable liquids may be used instead of gasoline.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n : mixes air with gasoline vapor prior to explosion [syn: carburettor]