verb (used with object), choked, choking.
to stop the breath of by squeezing or obstructing the windpipe; strangle; stifle.
to stop by or as if by strangling or stifling:
The sudden wind choked his words.
to stop by filling; obstruct; clog:
Grease choked the drain.
to suppress (a feeling, emotion, etc.) (often followed by back or down):
I managed to choke back my tears.
to fill chock-full:
The storeroom was choked with furniture.
to seize (a log, felled tree, etc.) with a chain, cable, or the like, so as to facilitate removal.
to enrich the fuel mixture of (an internal-combustion engine) by diminishing the air supply to the carburetor.
Sports. to grip (a bat, racket, or the like) farther than usual from the end of the handle; shorten one’s grip on (often followed by up).
verb (used without object), choked, choking.
to suffer from or as from strangling or suffocating:
He choked on a piece of food.
to become obstructed, clogged, or otherwise stopped:
The words choked in her throat.
the act or sound of choking.
a mechanism by which the air supply to the carburetor of an internal-combustion engine can be diminished or stopped.
Machinery. any mechanism that, by blocking a passage, regulates the flow of air, gas, etc.
a narrowed part, as in a .
the bristly upper portion of the receptacle of the artichoke.
choke off, to stop or obstruct by or as by choking:
to choke off a nation’s fuel supply.
(Brit, informal) annoyed or disappointed
(transitive) to hinder or stop the breathing of (a person or animal), esp by constricting the windpipe or by asphyxiation
(intransitive) to have trouble or fail in breathing, swallowing, or speaking
(transitive) to block or clog up (a passage, pipe, street, etc)
(transitive) to retard the growth or action of: the weeds are choking my plants
(transitive) to suppress (emotion): she choked her anger
(intransitive) (slang) to die
(transitive) to enrich the petrol-air mixture by reducing the air supply to (a carburettor, petrol engine, etc)
(intransitive) (esp in sport) to be seized with tension and fail to perform well
the act or sound of choking
a device in the carburettor of a petrol engine that enriches the petrol-air mixture by reducing the air supply
any constriction or mechanism for reducing the flow of a fluid in a pipe, tube, etc
(electronics) Also called choke coil. an inductor having a relatively high impedance, used to prevent the passage of high frequencies or to smooth the output of a rectifier
the inedible centre of the head of an artichoke
c.1300, transitive, “to strangle;” late 14c., “to make to suffocate,” of persons as well as swallowed objects, a shortening of acheken (c.1200), from Old English aceocian “to choke, suffocate” (with intensive a-), probably from root of ceoke “jaw, cheek” (see cheek (n.)).
Intransitive sense from c.1400. Meaning “gasp for breath” is from early 15c. Figurative use from c.1400, in early use often with reference to weeds stifling the growth of useful plants (a Biblical image). Meaning “to fail in the clutch” is attested by 1976, American English. Related: Choked; choking. Choke-cherry (1785) supposedly so called for its astringent qualities. Johnson also has choke-pear “Any aspersion or sarcasm, by which another person is put to silence.” Choked up “overcome with emotion and unable to speak” is attested by 1896. The baseball batting sense is by 1907.
1560s, “quinsy,” from choke (v.). Meaning “action of choking” is from 1839. Meaning “valve which controls air to a carburetor” first recorded 1926.
v. choked, chok·ing, chokes
To become ineffective because of tension or anxiety; choke up: I studied all night for my test and I totally choked (1980s+)
[chohk-damp] /ˈtʃoʊkˌdæmp/ noun, Mining. 1. mine atmosphere so low in oxygen and high in carbon dioxide as to cause . /ˈtʃəʊkˌdæmp/ noun 1. another word for blackdamp
- Choked disk
choked disk n. See papilledema.
- Choked out
adjective phrase Intoxicated by narcotics; high, stoned (1990s+ Narcotics)
[chohk-foo l] /ˈtʃoʊkˈfʊl/ adjective 1. . adjective 1. a less common spelling of chock-full