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Noun, Verb (transitive)


Noun throttle has 2 senses

Verb throttle has 3 senses


throttlen. [Dim. of throat. See Throat.].
  •  The windpipe, or trachea; the weasand.  Sir W. Scott.  [1913 Webster]
  •  The throttle valve.  [1913 Webster]
Throttle lever (Steam Engine), the hand lever by which a throttle valve is moved, especially in a locomotive. -- Throttle valve (Steam Engine), a valve moved by hand or by a governor for regulating the supply of steam to the steam chest. In one form it consists of a disk turning on a transverse axis.
throttlev. t. 
  •  To compress the throat of; to choke; to strangle.  [1913 Webster]
    "Grant him this, and the Parliament hath no more freedom than if it sat in his noose, which, when he pleases to draw together with one twitch of his negative, shall throttle a whole nation, to the wish of Caligula, in one neck."  [1913 Webster]
  •  To utter with breaks and interruption, in the manner of a person half suffocated.  [1913 Webster]
    "Throttle their practiced accent in their fears."  [1913 Webster]
  •  To shut off, or reduce flow of, as steam to an engine.  [1913 Webster]
throttlev. i. 
  •  To have the throat obstructed so as to be in danger of suffocation; to choke; to suffocate.  [1913 Webster]
  •  To breathe hard, as when nearly suffocated.  [1913 Webster]


throttle, n. & v.
1 a (in full throttle-valve) a valve controlling the flow of fuel or steam etc. in an engine. b (in full throttle-lever) a lever or pedal operating this valve.
2 the throat, gullet, or windpipe.
1 choke or strangle.
2 prevent the utterance etc. of.
3 control (an engine or steam etc.) with a throttle.

throttle back (or down) reduce the speed of (an engine or vehicle) by throttling.
throttler n.
ME throtel (v.), perh. f. THROAT + -LE(4): (n.) perh. a dimin. of THROAT



abduct, arrest, asphyxiate, backpedal, backwater, bottle up, brake, burke, carry off, censor, check, choke, choke off, clamp down on, clip the wings, cork, cork up, crack down on, crush, curb, damp down, decelerate, deflate, delay, detain, disarm, draw rein, drown, dumbfound, ease off, ease up, enchain, extinguish, gag, garrote, hamstring, handcuff, hobble, hog-tie, hold back, hold down, hold in check, hold up, hush, hush-hush, impede, jump on, keep back, keep down, keep under, kidnap, kill, knock out, let down, let up, lose ground, lose momentum, lose speed, manacle, moderate, muffle, muzzle, obstruct, paralyze, pour water on, prostrate, put down, put to silence, quash, quell, quench, quiet, quieten, reef, rein in, relax, repress, retard, set back, shanghai, shush, shut down on, silence, sit down on, sit on, slack off, slack up, slacken, slow, slow down, slow up, smash, smother, soft-pedal, squash, squelch, stanch, stay, stifle, still, stop the breath, strangle, strike dumb, stultify, subdue, suffocate, suppress, take in sail, throttle down, truss up




VB take, catch, hook, nab, bag, sack, pocket, put into one's pocket, receive, accept, reap, crop, cull, pluck, gather, draw, appropriate, expropriate, impropriate, assume, possess oneself of, take possession of, commandeer, lay one's hands on, clap one's hands on, help oneself to, make free with, dip one's hands into, lay under contribution, intercept, scramble for, deprive of, take away, carry away, bear away, take off, carry off, bear off, adeem, abstract, hurry off with, run away with, abduct, steal, ravish, seize, pounce upon, spring upon, swoop to, swoop down upon, take by storm, take by assault, snatch, reave, snap up, nip up, whip up, catch up, kidnap, crimp, capture, lay violent hands on, get hold of, lay hold of, take hold of, catch hold of, lay fast hold of, take firm hold of, lay by the heels, take prisoner, fasten upon, grip, grapple, embrace, gripe, clasp, grab, clutch, collar, throttle, take by the throat, claw, clinch, clench, make sure of, catch at, jump at, make a grab at, snap at, snatch at, reach, make a long arm, stretch forth one's hand, take from, take away from, disseize, deduct, retrench, dispossess, ease one of, snatch from one's grasp, tear from, tear away from, wrench from, wrest from, wring from, extort, deprive of, bereave, disinherit, cut off with a shilling, oust, divest, levy, distrain, confiscate, sequester, sequestrate, accroach, usurp, despoil, strip, fleece, shear, displume, impoverish, eat out of house and home, drain, drain to the dregs, gut, dry, exhaust, swallow up, absorb, draw off, suck the blood of, suck like a leech, retake, resume, recover.


VB be impotent, not have a leg to stand on, vouloir rompre l'anguille au genou, vouloir prendre la lune avec les dents, collapse, faint, swoon, fall into a swoon, drop, go by the board, go by the wayside, go up in smoke, end in smoke, render powerless, deprive of power, disable, disenable, disarm, incapacitate, disqualify, unfit, invalidate, deaden, cramp, tie the hands, double up, prostrate, paralyze, muzzle, cripple, becripple, maim, lame, hamstring, draw the teeth of, throttle, strangle, garrotte, garrote, ratten, silence, sprain, clip the wings of, put hors de combat, spike the guns, take the wind out of one's sails, scotch the snake, put a spoke in one's wheel, break the neck, break the back, unhinge, unfit, put out of gear, unman, unnerve, enervate, emasculate, castrate, geld, alter, neuter, sterilize, fix, shatter, exhaust, weaken.


VB close, occlude, plug, block up, stop up, fill up, bung up, cork up, button up, stuff up, shut up, dam up, blockade, obstruct, bar, bolt, stop, seal, plumb, choke, throttle, ram down, dam, cram, trap, clinch, put to the door, shut the door.


VB kill, put to death, slay, shed blood, murder, assassinate, butcher, slaughter, victimize, immolate, massacre, take away life, deprive of life, make away with, put an end to, despatch, dispatch, burke, settle, do for, strangle, garrote, hang, throttle, choke, stifle, suffocate, stop the breath, smother, asphyxiate, drown, saber, cut down, cut to pieces, cut the throat, jugulate, stab, run through the body, bayonet, eviscerate, put to the sword, put to the edge of the sword, shoot dead, blow one's brains out, brain, knock on the head, stone, lapidate, give a deathblow, deal a deathblow, give a quietus, give a coupe de grace, behead, bowstring, electrocute, gas, hunt, shoot, cut off, nip in the bud, launch into eternity, send to one's last account, sign one's death warrant, strike the death knell of, give no quarter, pour out blood like water, decimate, run amuck, wade knee deep in blood, imbrue one's hands in blood, die a violent death, welter in one's blood, dash out one's brains, blow out one's brains, commit suicide, kill oneself, make away with oneself, put an end to oneself, put an end to it all.

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