• To control or adjust the speed of (an engine).
  • To cut back on the speed of (an engine, person, organization, network connection, etc.).
  • To strangle or choke someone.
  • To have the throat obstructed so as to be in danger of suffocation; to choke; to suffocate.
  • To breathe hard, as when nearly suffocated.
  • To utter with breaks and interruption, in the manner of a person half suffocated.


  • From Middle English, diminutive of throte, equivalent to throat + -le. Compare German Drossel ("throttle"). More at throat.
  • From Middle English throtlen ("to choke, strangle, suffocate"), from the noun (see above). Compare German erdrosseln ("to strangle, choke, throttle").

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