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Meaning of choke

choke

Pronunciation: (chōk), [key]
— v., n. choked, chok•ing,
—v.t.
  1. to stop the breath of by squeezing or obstructing the windpipe; strangle; stifle.
  2. to stop by or as if by strangling or stifling: The sudden wind choked his words.
  3. to stop by filling; obstruct; clog: Grease choked the drain.
  4. to suppress (a feeling, emotion, etc.) (often fol. by back or down): I managed to choke back my tears.
  5. to fill chock-full: The storeroom was choked with furniture.
  6. to seize (a log, felled tree, etc.) with a chain, cable, or the like, so as to facilitate removal.
  7. to enrich the fuel mixture of (an internal-combustion engine) by diminishing the air supply to the carburetor.
  8. to grip (a bat, racket, or the like) farther than usual from the end of the handle; shorten one's grip on (often fol. by up).
—v.i.
  1. to suffer from or as from strangling or suffocating: He choked on a piece of food.
  2. to become obstructed, clogged, or otherwise stopped: The words choked in her throat.
  3. to stop or obstruct by or as by choking: to choke off a nation's fuel supply.
  4. She choked up over the sadness of the tale.
    1. to become or cause to become speechless, as from the effect of emotion or stress:She choked up over the sadness of the tale.
    2. to become too tense or nervous to perform well:Our team began to choke up in the last inning.
—n.
  1. the act or sound of choking.
  2. a mechanism by which the air supply to the carburetor of an internal-combustion engine can be diminished or stopped.
  3. any mechanism that, by blocking a passage, regulates the flow of air, gas, etc.
  4. See
  5. a narrowed part, as in a chokebore.
  6. the bristly upper portion of the receptacle of the artichoke.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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