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Noun: accelerator  ak'se-lu,rey-tu(r)
  1. A pedal that controls the throttle valve
    "he stepped on the accelerator";
    - accelerator pedal, gas pedal [N. Amer], gas [N. Amer], throttle, gun
     
  2. A valve that regulates the supply of fuel to the engine
    - throttle, throttle valve
     
  3. (chemistry) a substance that initiates or accelerates a chemical reaction without itself being affected
    - catalyst
     
  4. A scientific instrument that increases the kinetic energy of charged particles
    - particle accelerator, atom smasher

Derived forms: accelerators

Type of: activator, foot lever, foot pedal, pedal, scientific instrument, treadle, valve

Part of: aeroplane [Brit], airplane [N. Amer], auto, automobile, car, fuel system, machine, motorcar, plane

Encyclopedia: Accelerator