- a device for mixing vaporized fuel with air to produce a combustible or explosive mixture, as for an internal-combustion engine.
- a device used in petrol engines for atomizing the petrol, controlling its mixture with air, and regulating the intake of the air-petrol mixture into the engineInformal term: carb Compare fuel injection
device to enhance a gas flame, 1866, from carburet “compound of carbon and another substance” (1795, now displaced by carbide), also used as a verb, “to combine with carbon” (1802); from carb-, comb. form of carbon, + -uret, an archaic suffix formed from Modern Latin -uretum to parallel French words in -ure. Motor vehicle sense is from 1896.