from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Causing a feeling of being choked or suffocated: The hall was filled with choking clouds of smoke.
- adj. Having a strained or husky sound: spoke in a choking voice.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The process in which a person's airway becomes blocked, resulting in asphyxia in cases that are not treated promptly.
- n. The act of coughing when a foreign object (i.e. food, beverages) becomes lodged in a person's airway.
- v. Present participle of choke.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. That chokes; producing the feeling of strangulation.
- adj. Indistinct in utterance, as the voice of a person affected with strong emotion.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Causing suffocation; tending to choke or suffocate.
- Obstructed or indistinct in utterance; gasping: as, to speak with a choking voice.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a condition caused by blocking the airways to the lungs (as with food or swelling of the larynx)
- n. the act of suffocating (someone) by constricting the windpipe
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One attendant, on the very day he had been discharged for choking a patient into an insensibility so profound that it had been necessary to call a physician to restore him, said to me, "They are getting pretty damned strict these days, discharging a man simply for _choking_ a patient."
The phrase choking under pressure has been used to describe what happens when people perform at a lower level than what they are capable of in high-stakes situations.
Eating quickly, attempting to swallow a large amount of food or swallowing fibrous and/or poorly chewed food (meat is the most frequent culprit) often results in choking in humans.
This occurrence, called aspiration, may result in choking, coughing and difficulty breathing.
In some cases, choking is just a question of not being good enough.
Once with our longest and largest kitchen knife and then almost suceeded in choking me to death in my sleep.
"They call it choking," three-time Wimbledon champion John McEnroe said.
I don't doubt the fire is out by now, but I haven't been able to move for fear he would begin choking again.
Mr. Harry said he was raging around his pen, digging the ground with his snout, falling down and getting up again, and by a miracle, escaping death by choking from the rope that was tied around his neck.
I don’t always look like a human, I scream and grunt and breathe in short choking breaths at times.
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