an apparatus where coal gas hydrogen or air is passed through or higher a volatile hydrocarbon to confer or boost illuminating power
- blends air with gas vapor prior to surge
- An apparatus in which coal gas, hydrogen, or air is passed away through or higher a volatile hydrocarbon, to confer or boost illuminating power.
unit to boost a gas flame, 1866, from carburet "substance of carbon and another substance" (1795, now displaced by carbide), additionally utilized as a verb, "to combine with carbon" (1802); from carb-, comb. form of carbon, + -uret, an archaic suffix formed from contemporary Latin -uretum to parallel French words in -ure. Automobile feeling is from 1896.