|1.||(tr) to hinder or stop the breathing of (a person or animal), esp by constricting the windpipe or by asphyxiation|
|2.||(intr) to have trouble or fail in breathing, swallowing, or speaking|
|3.||(tr) to block or clog up (a passage, pipe, street, etc)|
|4.||(tr) to retard the growth or action of: the weeds are choking my plants|
|5.||(tr) to suppress (emotion): she choked her anger|
|6.||slang (intr) to die|
|7.||(tr) to enrich the petrol-air mixture by reducing the air supply to (a carburettor, petrol engine, etc)|
|8.||(intr) (esp in sport) to be seized with tension and fail to perform well|
|9.||the act or sound of choking|
|10.||a device in the carburettor of a petrol engine that enriches the petrol-air mixture by reducing the air supply|
|11.||any constriction or mechanism for reducing the flow of a fluid in a pipe, tube, etc|
|12.||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|
|13.||the inedible centre of the head of an artichoke|
|[Old English ācēocian, of Germanic origin; related to |
|1.||to block (a drain, pipe, etc) completely|
|2.||informal (usually passive) to overcome (a person) with emotion, esp without due cause|
v. choked, chok·ing, chokes
To interfere with the respiration of by compression or obstruction of the larynx or trachea.
To have difficulty in breathing, swallowing, or speaking.
Block a channel or other passage, as in Vegetation choked up the creek like a dam. [Late 1600s]
Be too emotional or upset to speak, as in She became so emotional about winning that she choked up and was unable to give an interview.
Become too nervous or tense in a critical situation to perform, as in He's fine during practice but in a match he tends to choke up. This usage, also put as to choke alone, is especially common in sports. [Colloquial; mid-1900s]