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Princeton's WordNet

  1. choke, choke coil, choking coilnoun

    a coil of low resistance and high inductance used in electrical circuits to pass direct current and attenuate alternating current

  2. chokeverb

    a valve that controls the flow of air into the carburetor of a gasoline engine

  3. chokeverb

    breathe with great difficulty, as when experiencing a strong emotion

    "She choked with emotion when she spoke about her deceased husband"

  4. choke, gag, fretverb

    be too tight; rub or press

    "This neckband is choking the cat"

  5. choke, scragverb

    wring the neck of

    "The man choked his opponent"

  6. choke, strangleverb

    constrict (someone's) throat and keep from breathing

  7. gag, choke, strangle, suffocateverb

    struggle for breath; have insufficient oxygen intake

    "he swallowed a fishbone and gagged"

  8. chokeverb

    fail to perform adequately due to tension or agitation

    "The team should have won hands down but choked, disappointing the coach and the audience"

  9. chokeverb

    check or slow down the action or effect of

    "She choked her anger"

  10. clog, choke off, clog up, back up, congest, choke, foulverb

    become or cause to become obstructed

    "The leaves clog our drains in the Fall"; "The water pipe is backed up"

  11. suffocate, stifle, asphyxiate, chokeverb

    impair the respiration of or obstruct the air passage of

    "The foul air was slowly suffocating the children"

  12. suffocate, chokeverb

    become stultified, suppressed, or stifled

    "He is suffocating--living at home with his aged parents in the small village"

  13. suffocate, chokeverb

    suppress the development, creativity, or imagination of

    "His job suffocated him"

  14. die, decease, perish, go, exit, pass away, expire, pass, kick the bucket, cash in one's chips, buy the farm, conk, give-up the ghost, drop dead, pop off, choke, croak, snuff itverb

    pass from physical life and lose all bodily attributes and functions necessary to sustain life

    "She died from cancer"; "The children perished in the fire"; "The patient went peacefully"; "The old guy kicked the bucket at the age of 102"

  15. choke, throttleverb

    reduce the air supply

    "choke a carburetor"

  16. gag, chokeverb

    cause to retch or choke


  1. chokenoun

    A control on a carburetor to adjust the air/fuel mixture when the engine is cold.

  2. chokenoun

    In wrestling, karate (etc.), a type of hold that can result in strangulation.

  3. chokenoun

    A constriction at the muzzle end of a shotgun barrel which affects the spread of the shot.

  4. chokenoun

    A partial or complete blockage (of boulders, mud, etc.) in a cave passage.

  5. chokeverb

    To be unable to breathe because of obstruction of the windpipe, for instance food or other objects that go down the wrong way.

  6. chokeverb

    To prevent someone from breathing by strangling them.

  7. chokeverb

    To perform badly at a crucial stage of a competition because one is nervous, especially when one is winning.

  8. chokeverb

    Of a cave passage, to be partly or completely blocked by boulders, mud etc.

  9. chokeverb

    To move one's fingers very close to the tip of a pencil, brush or other art tool.

  10. Etymology: From choken (also cheken), from *, aceocian, probably derived from ceoce, ceace, see cheek. Cognate with kok, koka. See also achoke.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Chokenoun

    The filamentous or capillary part of an artichoke. A cant word.

    Etymology: from the verb.

  2. To CHOKEverb

    Etymology: aceocan, Sax. from ceoca , the cheek or mouth. According to John Minsheu, from חכ; from whence, probably, the Spanish, ahogar.

    But when to my good lord I prove untrue,
    I’ll choke myself. William Shakespeare, Cymbeline.

    While you thunder’d, clouds of dust did choke
    Contending troops. Edmund Waller.

    Men troop’d up to the king’s capacious court,
    Whose portico’s were chok’d with the resort. George Chapman, Odyssey.

    They are at a continual expence to cleanse the ports, and keep them from being choked up, by the help of several engines. Joseph Addison, on Italy.

    While prayers and tears his destin’d progress stay,
    And crowds of mourners choke their sov’reign’s way. Thomas Tickell.

    As two spent swimmers, that do cling together,
    And choke their art. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    She cannot lose her perfect pow’r to see,
    Tho’ mists and clouds do choke her window-light. Davies.

    It seemeth the fire is so choked, as not to be able to remove the stone. Francis Bacon, Nat. Hist. №. 361.

    You must make the mould big enough to contain the whole fruit, when it is grown to the greatest; for else you will choke the spreading of the fruit. Francis Bacon, Nat. Hist.

    The fire, which chok’d in ashes lay,
    A load too heavy for his soul to move,
    Was upward blown below, and brush’d away by love. Dryd.

    And yet we ventur’d; for the gain propos’d
    Chok’d the respect of likely peril fear’d. William Shakespeare, Hen. IV.

    Confess thee freely of thy sin:
    For to deny each article with oath,
    Cannot remove nor choke the strong conception
    That I do groan withal. William Shakespeare, Othello.

    And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares, and riches, and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection. Luke, viii. 14.

    No fruitful crop the sickly fields return;
    But oats and darnel choke the rising corn. John Dryden, Past.


  1. choke

    A choke generally refers to a constriction or blockage in a passage or channel that restricts or prevents flow, often used in context of mechanical devices, electrical components, or even in biological references such as choking on food. It can also refer to the act of suffocating or suppressing something. In sports, it refers to failing to perform at a crucial point due to nervousness.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Chokeverb

    to render unable to breathe by filling, pressing upon, or squeezing the windpipe; to stifle; to suffocate; to strangle

  2. Chokeverb

    to obstruct by filling up or clogging any passage; to block up

  3. Chokeverb

    to hinder or check, as growth, expansion, progress, etc.; to stifle

  4. Chokeverb

    to affect with a sense of strangulation by passion or strong feeling

  5. Chokeverb

    to make a choke, as in a cartridge, or in the bore of the barrel of a shotgun

  6. Chokeverb

    to have the windpipe stopped; to have a spasm of the throat, caused by stoppage or irritation of the windpipe; to be strangled

  7. Chokeverb

    to be checked, as if by choking; to stick

  8. Chokenoun

    a stoppage or irritation of the windpipe, producing the feeling of strangulation

  9. Chokenoun

    the tied end of a cartridge

  10. Chokenoun

    a constriction in the bore of a shotgun, case of a rocket, etc

  11. Etymology: [OE. cheken, choken; cf. AS. ceocian to suffocate, Icel. koka to gulp, E. chincough, cough.]


  1. Choke

    Choke is The Beautiful South's second album. It was pushed to number 2 in the charts after the release of the South's first and only number 1 single "A Little Time". The album was followed by two more singles, both of which were flops. "My Book", which became the band's first non top-40 single, peaked at number 43 and finally "Let Love Speak Up Itself", the last release from this album, only managed to reach number 51. Earlier versions of the album, regardless of format, contained only 11 tracks. The twelfth track was intended for the album from the beginning, but was removed at a late stage of production. Only in much later editions of the CD did the track finally appear, added without explanation to the end of the album. Original copies of "Choke" on cassette tape feature a long silence at the end of Side One, possibly indicating that this would have been the location originally intended for the track.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Choke

    chōk, v.t. to throttle: to suffocate: to stop or obstruct: to suppress.—v.i. to be choked or suffocated.—n. the action of choking.—n. Choke′-bore, the bore of a gun when narrowed at the muzzle so as to concentrate the shot: a shot-gun so bored.—v.t. to bore in such a way.—n. Choke′-cherr′y, a name given to certain nearly allied species of cherry, natives of North America, whose fruit, though at first rather agreeable, is afterwards astringent in the mouth.—adj. Choked, suffocated, clogged.—n. Choke′damp, the carbonic acid gas given off by coal which accumulates in coal-mines, and may suffocate those exposed to it.—adj. Choke′-full (see Chock-full).—ns. Chok′er, one who chokes: a neckerchief; Chok′ing, suffocation.—adj. smothering.—adj. Chok′y, tending to choke: inclined to choke.—Choke off, to put an end to, as if by choking; Choke up, to obstruct completely, to suffocate.—White choker, a white neckerchief worn by clergymen, &c. [Prob. from sound.]

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. choke

    [common] To reject input, often ungracefully. “NULs make System V's lpr(1) choke.” “I tried building an EMACS binary to use X, but cpp(1) choked on all those #defines.” See barf, vi.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. choke

    The nip of a rocket.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. choke

    The tied end of a cartridge; also the constriction of a rocket-case, etc.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of choke in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of choke in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of choke in a Sentence

  1. Chamber President Joerg Wuttke:

    These worrying trends illustrate how excessive tightening of Internet controls can choke business growth and stifle investment in technology and research and development, it is therefore hugely dispiriting to see numerous member companies actively scaling back investment and expansion, and diverting their spending to other markets.

  2. Olivier Jakob:

    Every day now you have some Gulf OPEC member actively trying to talk the market down, oPEC is trying to choke U.S. oil producers.

  3. Joseph Farrell:

    The secret of all power is - save your force. If you want high pressure you must choke off waste.

  4. Sherrod Brown:

    Given the slack in the labor market and the minuscule increases in the wages for most Americans, The Fed should continue to be patient so as not to choke off the recovery at a time when the stronger dollar is already putting pressure on it.

  5. Ralph Waldo Emerson:

    Go often to the house of thy friend, for weeds choke the unused path.

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Translations for choke

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  • verstik, wurggreepAfrikaans
  • задушавам, удушвам, задушавам се, задъхвам се, смукачBulgarian
  • škrtit, sytič, snížené, dusitCzech
  • taguWelsh
  • kvælertag, reduceretDanish
  • würgen, ersticken, reduziert, Drossel, Würgegriff, ChokeGerman
  • τσοκGreek
  • estrangular, estrangulador, sofocar, asfixiar, ahogarSpanish
  • itoBasque
  • kuristusote, tukehtua, kuristua, tukos, ryyppy, tikahtua, supistin, kuristaa, rikastinFinnish
  • mainmise, juguler, starter, réduit, suffoquer, étoufferFrench
  • mùch, tachdScottish Gaelic
  • reducidoGalician
  • נחנק, חנקHebrew
  • fullad, megfojtHungarian
  • asfissiare, strozzare, strangolare, soffocareItalian
  • 窒息, むせるJapanese
  • 목조 르기Korean
  • fetisîn, fetisandin, خنکان, خنکاندنKurdish
  • offōcōLatin
  • nanati, kōwaowaoMāori
  • саухMacedonian
  • macht, verstikkenDutch
  • kvelertak, redusertNorwegian
  • krztusić się, dławić się, dusićPolish
  • sufocar, asfixiar, engasgar, afogar, estrangularPortuguese
  • давиться, задушить, задохнуться, заслонка, задыхаться, душить, подавитьсяRussian
  • smanjenSerbo-Croatian
  • zníženej, škrtenieSlovak
  • mbytje, valvul ajri, asfiksimAlbanian
  • järngrepp, kväva, minskas, chokeSwedish
  • bastırma, bogmak, indirimliTurkish
  • giảm, sự nắm cổ người nàoVietnamese

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    the quality of being impenetrable (by people or light or missiles etc.)
    • A. jocularity
    • B. arbalist
    • C. taper
    • D. imperviousness

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