Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A narrow passage, such as a strait, through which shipping must pass.
  • noun A point of congestion or obstruction.

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  • noun A point at which traffic or other movement can easily become blocked.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a narrowing that reduces the flow through a channel
  • noun a point of congestion or blockage

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Examples

  • The Malacca Straight chokepoint is a lot more real.

    Matthew Yglesias » Predictions Are Hard, Especially About the Future

  • In the view of Pentagon planners, the new Fulda Gap — the region where Soviet troops were poised to invade Western Europe during the Cold War — would be the South China Sea, a key "chokepoint" that the Chinese might some day seek to control.

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  • Sherman Island is a "chokepoint" of highways, gas and power lines typical of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta.

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  • Sherman Island is a "chokepoint" of highways, gas and power lines typical of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta.

    UnderwaterTimes.com News of the Underwater World

  • If the recess-appointed radical whom President Obama has placed in charge of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid get his way - a man who believes that spending 8% of GDP on healthcare is quite enough (currently it's about 17%) - the term "chokepoint" may take on a whole new meaning for seniors and others needing life-saving or life-improving treatment.

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  • At present, the bulk of China's imported oil and gas comes by tankers passing through a geographic chokepoint: the Straits of Malacca.

    Russia and China Reverse Trade Roles

  • At present, the bulk of China's imported oil and gas comes by tankers passing through a geographic chokepoint: the Straits of Malacca.

    Russia and China Reverse Trade Roles

  • China's aim is to bring Middle Eastern oil into Gwadar, through Pakistan and into the adjoining Chinese territory of Xinjiang and a strategic chokepoint at the Straits of Malacca.

    Modern-Day 'Great Game' Plays Out In Baluchistan

  • And we found the perfect chokepoint, Ms. Leonhart told lawmakers, referring to distributors.

    Pharmacies Swept Into Drug Wars

  • Instead of chasing the ants at the picnic, we have decided we had to find out what the chokepoint was and use that.

    Pharmacies Swept Into Drug Wars

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