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[chok] /tʃɒk/
a wedge or block of wood, metal, or the like, for filling in a space, holding an object steady, etc.
  1. any of various heavy metal fittings on a deck or wharf that serve as fairleads for cables or chains.
  2. a shaped support or cradle for a ship's boat, barrel, etc.
  3. a small wooden piece or timber for filling a gap, reinforcing an angle, etc., in a wooden vessel.
Metalworking. a bearing supporting the end of a rolling mill.
Mining. a roof support made of cribbing filled with stones.
Compare cog3 (def 2).
verb (used with object)
to furnish with or secure by a chock or chocks.
Nautical. to place (a boat) upon chocks.
as close or tight as possible:
chock against the edge.
Origin of chock
Middle English < Anglo-French choque (compare modern Picard choke big log, Normandy dial. chouque), Old French çoche (French soche); of uncertain origin Unabridged
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Examples from the web for chocked
  • If this keeps going, innovation will be chocked off.
  • He then began to chocked her until she stopped moving.
  • The backhoe was on an incline, and the wheels were not chocked to hold the backhoe in place.
  • Because he had chocked the wheels, his life was saved.
  • If such truck is left parked and unattended on an incline, in addition to setting the parking brake, the wheels must be chocked.
  • Provided below is a list of major items which should be chocked.
  • Be sure that form work, casting and stressing operations are adequately braced and chocked to avoid sudden release of materials.
  • The parking brake had not been set and the unit had been parked on a grade with the wheels not chocked or turned into the rib.
  • Any leak or rupture in the piping which carries the liquid could result in a truck not actually being chocked against movement.
  • The forklift parking brake had not been set nor had the wheels been chocked.
British Dictionary definitions for chocked


a block or wedge of wood used to prevent the sliding or rolling of a heavy object
  1. a fairlead consisting of a ringlike device with an opening at the top through which a rope is placed
  2. a cradle-like support for a boat, barrel, etc
(mountaineering) See nut (sense 10)
verb (transitive)
(usually foll by up) (Brit) to cram full: chocked up with newspapers
to fit with or secure by a chock
to support (a boat, barrel, etc) on chocks
as closely or tightly as possible: chock against the wall
Word Origin
C17: of uncertain origin; perhaps related to Old French çoche log; compare Provençal soca tree stump
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Word Origin and History for chocked



1670s, "lumpy piece of wood," possibly from Old North French choque "a block" (Old French çoche "log," 12c.; Modern French souche "stump, stock, block"), from Gaulish *tsukka "a tree trunk, stump."


"tightly, close up against," 1799, back formation from chock-full.

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