A carburettor (Breetish Inglis) or carburetor (American Inglis) is a device that mixes air an fuel for a petrol ingine in the proper ratio for combustion. It is whiles colloquially shortened tae carb in the UK an North Americae or carby in Australie. Tae carburate or carburet (an sicweys carburation or carburetion, respectively) means tae mix the air an fuel or tae equip (an ingine) wi a carburetor for that purpose.
Carburettors hae largely been supplanted in the automotive an, tae a lesser extent, aviation industries bi fuel injection. Thay are still common on smaw engines for lawn mowers, rototillers an ither equipment.
- Shorter Slang Dictionary, 2003