American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To interfere with the respiration of by compression or obstruction of the larynx or trachea.
- v. To check or slow down the movement, growth, or action of: a garden that was choked by weeds.
- v. To block up or obstruct by filling or clogging: Mud choked the drainpipe.
- v. To fill up completely; jam: Major commuter arteries were choked with stalled traffic.
- v. To reduce the air intake of (a carburetor), thereby enriching the fuel mixture.
- v. Sports To grip (a bat or racket, for example) at a point nearer the hitting surface.
- v. To have difficulty in breathing, swallowing, or speaking.
- v. To become blocked up or obstructed.
- v. Sports To shorten one's grip on the handle of a bat or racket. Often used with up.
- v. To fail to perform effectively because of nervous agitation or tension, especially in an athletic contest: choked by missing an easy putt on the final hole.
- n. The act or sound of choking.
- n. Something that constricts or chokes.
- n. A slight narrowing of the barrel of a shotgun serving to concentrate the shot.
- n. A device used in an internal-combustion engine to enrich the fuel mixture by reducing the flow of air to the carburetor.
- n. The fibrous inedible center of an artichoke head.
- choke back To hold back; suppress: choked back his tears.
- choke off To bring to an end as if by choking: "Treasury borrowing of existing savings would drive up the interest rate and choke off economic activity” ( Paul Craig Roberts).
- choke up To be unable to speak because of strong emotion.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To stop the breath of by preventing access of air to the windpipe; suffocate; stifle.
- Specifically To deprive of the power of breathing, either temporarily or permanently, by stricture of or obstruction in the windpipe; constrict or stop up the windpipe of so as to hinder or prevent breathing; strangle.
- To stop by filling; obstruct; block up: often with up: as, to choke up the entrance of a harbor or any passage.
- To hinder by obstruction or impediments; overpower, hinder, or check the growth, expansion, or progress of; stifle; smother.
- To suppress or stifle.
- To offend greatly; revolt.
- Same as choke-bore.
- To stifle or suffocate, as by obstruction and pressure in hastily swallowing food, or by irritation of the air-passages when fluids are accidentally admitted there.
- To be checked as if by choking; stick.
- n. The constriction of the bore of a choke-bored gun.—
- n. The neck or portion of a rocket where the stick is attached.—
- n. The tie at the end of a cartridge.
- n. The filamentous or capillary part of the artichoke.
- n. In India, an open place or wide street, in the middle of a city, where the market is held.
- To stop or cease working: said of electrical apparatus.
- n. plural Tonsillitis.
- v. intransitive To be unable to breathe because of obstruction of the windpipe, for instance food or other objects that go down the wrong way.
- v. transitive To prevent someone from breathing by strangling them.
- v. intransitive To perform badly at a crucial stage of a competition because one is nervous, especially when one is winning.
- v. transitive Of a cave passage, to be partly or completely blocked by boulders, mud etc.
- v. To move one's fingers very close to the tip of a pencil, brush or other art tool.
- n. A control on a carburetor to adjust the air/fuel mixture when the engine is cold.
- n. sports In wrestling, karate (etc.), a type of hold that can result in strangulation.
- n. A constriction at the muzzle end of a shotgun barrel which affects the spread of the shot.
- n. A partial or complete blockage (of boulders, mud, etc.) in a cave passage.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To render unable to breathe by filling, pressing upon, or squeezing the windpipe; to stifle; to suffocate; to strangle.
- v. To obstruct by filling up or clogging any passage; to block up.
- v. To hinder or check, as growth, expansion, progress, etc.; to stifle.
- v. To affect with a sense of strangulation by passion or strong feeling.
- v. To make a choke, as in a cartridge, or in the bore of the barrel of a shotgun.
- v. To have the windpipe stopped; to have a spasm of the throat, caused by stoppage or irritation of the windpipe; to be strangled.
- v. To be checked, as if by choking; to stick.
- n. A stoppage or irritation of the windpipe, producing the feeling of strangulation.
- n. The tied end of a cartridge.
- n. A constriction in the bore of a shotgun, case of a rocket, etc.
- v. breathe with great difficulty, as when experiencing a strong emotion
- v. reduce the air supply
- v. cause to retch or choke
- v. pass from physical life and lose all bodily attributes and functions necessary to sustain life
- v. check or slow down the action or effect of
- n. a coil of low resistance and high inductance used in electrical circuits to pass direct current and attenuate alternating current
- v. impair the respiration of or obstruct the air passage of
- v. constrict (someone's) throat and keep from breathing
- n. a valve that controls the flow of air into the carburetor of a gasoline engine
- v. suppress the development, creativity, or imagination of
- v. become stultified, suppressed, or stifled
- v. become or cause to become obstructed
- v. fail to perform adequately due to tension or agitation
- v. wring the neck of
- v. be too tight; rub or press
- v. struggle for breath; have insufficient oxygen intake
- From Middle English choken (also cheken), from Old English *ċēocian, āċēocian ("to choke"), probably derived from Old English ċēoce, ċēace ("jaw, cheek"), see cheek. Cognate with Icelandic kok ("throat"), koka ("to gulp"). See also achoke. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English choken, short for achoken, from Old English āceōcian : ā-, intensive pref. + cēoce, cēace, jaw, cheek. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“We sent off a wedding gift of $1,010 (* gasp … choke choke*) to the government (on 10/1) and waited.”
“Two kinds of prunus also grow here, one of which, ** a handsome small tree, produces a black fruit having a very astringent taste whence the term choke-cherry applied to it.”
“More important than the choke is the shot rattler in front of the chamber.”
“Because the reflex of a choker when told not to choke is to (first probably vomit on his or her own legs but then) choke.”
“The panel claims that risk assessment would decrease the chance of a terrorist attack at what it called a "choke point" at the airport.”
“After publicly receiving voluntary irrumatio by an entire rugby team how dare you finish off by using the word choke???”
“No reason to retire my Remington Model 1100 Tournament Skeet, especially as I have gotten it a new barrel with screw-in choke tubes!”
“I haven't contacted the company yet but I thought maybe someone knows where I can get screw in choke tubes for it.”
“I haven't contacted the company yet but does anyone know where I may find screw in choke tubes for it?”
“As for the choke issue, sporting clays shooters seem to think very minute differences in choke boring are important, and they shoot a lot more than I do.”
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