carburettor

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carburettor

, carburetter (US), carburetor
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 engine
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When a Spitfire followed the 109 into a dive, centrifugal force pushed the carburettor float upwards, cutting off the fuel supply.
It is carburettors that supply engines with petrol and up to the Battle of Britain all the aero-carburettors for the RAF's Spitfires and Hurricanes were made in Birmingham and if enemy bombers had stopped production then, according to Fairfax, "Britain would have been unable to put into the air any new fighters for a period of at least 12 months.
Shilling, one of the first women to study aeronautical engineering at Manchester University, devised an ingenious solution to a problem bedevilling Hurricanes and Spitfires during World War Two--the flooding of carburettors under negative-gravity effects during rapid dives.
McKay's winning sentence, for which he receives USD250, compared fixing carburettors to fondling a woman's breasts.