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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
a choking sensation (=a feeling that you cannot breathe)
▪ A choking sensation filled my throat.
be choked with emotion (=feel so much emotion that you cannot speak normally)
▪ Mr Ford’s voice was choked with emotion as he addressed the mourners.
choke chain
fight/choke/blink back tears (=try not to cry)
▪ She fought back tears yesterday as she re-lived the horrors she had seen.
▪ Harry felt stiflingly hot, choking almost, as he loosened his collar.
▪ He was fuming about it when Yolanda hopped into his car, the sickly sweet stink of her perfume almost choking him.
▪ Sally-Anne was almost choking between rage and fear.
▪ I said, almost choking from pride.
▪ Her fear was almost choking her, making it difficult to breathe.
▪ But she was almost choking with emotion.
▪ She almost choked on the stench of damp grain blowing up the hill.
▪ He had swallowed the worst of his gall, although with a gulp that almost choked him.
▪ Lucy nearly choked on the stuff, but kept it down.
▪ I nearly choked on the bread; my neck and throat seemed to be ringed by a cruel vice.
▪ It was like that time the fish bone had stuck sideways at Grandma Clegg's and he'd nearly choked.
▪ I am nearly choked, and temporarily deafened.
▪ I thought about the chips that Mrs Phipps had spoken of and remembered that I had nearly choked on them once.
▪ Ruth nearly choked on the last crumb of her pastry.
▪ We went up a few steps and into a small majlis which was nearly choked by deep couches pushed against its walls.
▪ Left alone, the place would rapidly choke itself to death, it seemed.
▪ I think I am going to choke to death right here.
▪ In the end, plant and animal life is choked to death.
▪ He choked to death on meat in a cafe in Ray some years ago..
▪ The coroner concluded he had choked to death when he tried to climb out of his cot.
▪ She slowly choked to death, a combination of tuberculosis and laryngitis-two of the diseases that infect Aids patients.
▪ I thought I was going to choke to death.
▪ Both McLean and Burgess have denied that they forced soil and debris into the victim's mouth, choking her to death.
▪ There were tears, night-long, choked, whimpering tears, and the first tantrum.
▪ Did he want me to eat shit or the words stick in my throat and choke me?
▪ Another tentacle shot out like a whip and coiled around his throat, choking him.
▪ Nausea rose in her throat, threatening to choke her, when she saw the bloodied arrow clutched in her hand.
▪ She choked on the words, seeming on the verge of tears.
▪ Christopher Ray began to choke and turn blue after the candy-coated ball lodged in his voice box.
▪ After gargling on her phlegm for a while, she began to choke.
▪ The snake began to choke as it tried to swallow his arm and simultaneously dislodge the obstruction from its windpipe.
▪ I tried to tell her this, but she began choking me.
▪ As she began to choke she kicked and struggled for breath before tumbling down into nowhere.
▪ I saw her sob and begin to choke.
▪ "I guess we choked," said Coach Landers after his team's last minute defeat.
▪ At last I reached the shore and fell onto the sand, choking and spluttering.
▪ Do something -- he's choking!
▪ Don't hold so tight, you're choking me.
▪ Growth of the reed can choke out native water plants.
▪ He began to sob, and choked out, "I have to go now."
▪ He grabbed her around the neck and choked her to death.
▪ I felt myself being choked by thick, yellow fumes.
▪ Small parts on the toys could break off and choke young children.
▪ The old king died after choking on a chicken bone.
▪ The roads were choked with traffic.
▪ He'd choked on his own vomit after a session of sniffing aerosols.
▪ He beamed again as Ali, practically choking on his own saliva, fell forward into a group of pupils.
▪ She cried out, then the cry caught and choked in her throat.
▪ Some investors assert that the lack of a spending accord, for now, will buoy bonds by choking off economic growth.
▪ The father told police he shook his daughter because she was choking.
▪ The Feldwebel was choking with laughter.
▪ The teacher told her the baby had been choking, would not take a bottle and had thrown up four times.
▪ Here the choke chain is relaxed, Note that the leash itself is held in your right hand.
▪ Similarly the choke chain will again tighten, encouraging your pet to walk alongside you.
▪ Also, long walks, like choke chains, are out of the question.
▪ Remove the normal collar before fitting the choke chain, so that they can not become tangled together.
▪ This is the approximate length of choke chain which will be required.
▪ Always ensure that the choke chain is positioned correctly.
▪ Give it a bit more choke.
▪ Also, long walks, like choke chains, are out of the question.
▪ Everyone saw multiple chokes and made the connection.
▪ Here the choke chain is relaxed, Note that the leash itself is held in your right hand.
▪ Similarly the choke chain will again tighten, encouraging your pet to walk alongside you.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Choke \Choke\, v. i.

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

  2. To be checked, as if by choking; to stick.

    The words choked in his throat.
    --Sir W. Scott.


Choke \Choke\ (ch[=o]k), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Choked; p. pr. & vb. n. Choking.] [OE. cheken, choken; cf. AS. [=a]ceocian to suffocate, Icel. koka to gulp, E. chincough, cough.]

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

    With eager feeding food doth choke the feeder.

  2. To obstruct by filling up or clogging any passage; to block up.

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

    Oats and darnel choke the rising corn.

  4. To affect with a sense of strangulation by passion or strong feeling. ``I was choked at this word.''

  5. To make a choke, as in a cartridge, or in the bore of the barrel of a shotgun.

    To choke off, to stop a person in the execution of a purpose; as, to choke off a speaker by uproar.


Choke \Choke\, n.

  1. A stoppage or irritation of the windpipe, producing the feeling of strangulation.

  2. (Gun.)

    1. The tied end of a cartridge.

    2. A constriction in the bore of a shotgun, case of a rocket, etc.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

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.)).\n

\nIntransitive 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.


n. 1 A control on a carburetor to adjust the air/fuel mixture when the engine is cold. 2 (context sports English) In wrestling, karate (etc.), a type of hold that can result in strangulation. 3 A constriction at the muzzle end of a shotgun barrel which affects the spread of the shot. 4 A partial or complete blockage (of boulders, mud, etc.) in a cave passage. 5 The mass of immature florets in the centre of the bud of an artichoke. 6 (lb en electronics) choking coil vb. 1 (context intransitive English) To be unable to breathe because of obstruction of the windpipe, for instance food or other objects that go down the wrong way. 2 (context transitive English) To prevent someone from breathing by strangling or filling the windpipe. 3 To obstruct by filling up or clogging any passage; to block up. 4 To hinder or check, as growth, expansion, progress, etc.; to stifle. 5 (context intransitive fluid mechanics of a duct English) to reach a condition of maximum flowrate, due to the flow at the narrowest point of the duct becoming sonic (Ma = 1). 6 (context intransitive English) To perform badly at a crucial stage of a competition because one is nervous, especially when one is winning. 7 To move one's fingers very close to the tip of a pencil, brush or other art tool. 8 To be checked, as if by choking; to stick. 9 To affect with a sense of strangulation by passion or strong feeling. 10 To make a choke, as in a cartridge, or in the bore of the barrel of a shotgun.

  1. n. a coil of low resistance and high inductance used in electrical circuits to pass direct current and attenuate alternating current [syn: choke coil, choking coil]

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

  1. v. breathe with great difficulty, as when experiencing a strong emotion; "She choked with emotion when she spoke about her deceased husband"

  2. be too tight; rub or press; "This neckband is choking the cat" [syn: gag, fret]

  3. wring the neck of; "The man choked his opponent" [syn: scrag]

  4. constrict (someone's) throat and keep from breathing [syn: strangle]

  5. struggle for breath; have insufficient oxygen intake; "he swallowed a fishbone and gagged" [syn: gag, strangle, suffocate]

  6. fail to perform adequately due to tension or agitation; "The team should have won hands down but choked, disappointing the coach and the audience"

  7. check or slow down the action or effect of; "She choked her anger"

  8. become or cause to become obstructed; "The leaves clog our drains in the Fall"; "The water pipe is backed up" [syn: clog, choke off, clog up, back up, congest, foul] [ant: unclog]

  9. impair the respiration of or obstruct the air passage of; "The foul air was slowly suffocating the children" [syn: suffocate, stifle, asphyxiate]

  10. become stultified, suppressed, or stifled; "He is suffocating--living at home with his aged parents in the small village" [syn: suffocate]

  11. suppress the development, creativity, or imagination of; "His job suffocated him" [syn: suffocate]

  12. die; "The old man finally kicked the bucket" [syn: kick the bucket, cash in one's chips, buy the farm, conk, give-up the ghost, drop dead, pop off, croak, snuff it]

  13. reduce the air supply; "choke a carburetor" [syn: throttle]

  14. cause to retch or choke [syn: gag]


Choke may refer to:

  • Choking, obstruction of airflow into the lungs
    • Choke (horse), a condition in horses in which the esophagus is blocked
    • Choking game, a schoolyard game involving deprivation of oxygen to the brain
    • Chokehold, a grappling hold performed on the neck that serves to render the opponent unconscious
  • Choke (sports), A failure to win games at a crucial moment.
Choke (novel)

Choke is a 2001 novel by American author Chuck Palahniuk. The story focuses on Victor Mancini, a sex addict who must find work in order to afford the care that his mother is receiving in her nursing home. Victor first resorts to being a con man, then after receiving money from various " good Samaritans", gets a job at a colonial reenactment museum before building a dream home for himself. The movie was later adapted for film by Clark Gregg.

Choke (sports)

In sports, a choke is the failure of an athlete or an athletic team to win a game or tournament when the player or team had been strongly favored to win or had squandered a large lead in the late stages of the event. Someone who chokes may be known as a choker or, more derisively, as a choke artist. Choking in sport can be considered a form of analysis paralysis. It is often an over-used term in the sports world, where "choke" status is assigned to a team or player that only lost a small lead or was not heavily-favored to win.

Choke (horse)

Choke is a condition in horses in which the esophagus is blocked, usually by food material. Although the horse is still able to breathe, it is unable to swallow, and may become severely dehydrated. A secondary condition, aspiration pneumonia, may also develop if food material and saliva accumulate in the pharynx, spilling into the trachea and into the lungs. Choke is one of the "top 10" emergencies received by equine veterinarians.

The condition is seen in other Equidae like mules and donkeys.

Choke (album)

Choke (released October 1990) 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 (appearing at the end of later presses of the CD) 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.

Choke (electronics)

In electronics, a choke is an inductor used to block higher-frequency alternating current (AC) in an electrical circuit, while passing lower-frequency or direct current (DC). A choke usually consists of a coil of insulated wire often wound on a magnetic core, although some consist of a donut-shaped "bead" of ferrite material strung on a wire. The choke's impedance increases with frequency. Its low electrical resistance passes both AC and DC with little power loss, but it can limit the amount of AC due to its reactance.

The name comes from blocking—"choking"—high frequencies while passing low frequencies. It is a functional name; the name "choke" is used if an inductor is used for blocking or decoupling higher frequencies, but is simply called an "inductor" if used in electronic filters or tuned circuits. Inductors designed for use as chokes are usually distinguished by not having the low-loss construction (high Q factor) required in inductors used in tuned circuits and filtering applications.

Choke (music collective)

Choke was the name of a Bristol music collective formed in 2001. It supported D.I.Y music in the city through non-profit events and publications. It was also the name of a related magazine, club night and Internet forum.

  • The collective hosted Club Choke, a series of live music events featuring local Bristol artists alongside underground acts from other music scenes at venues in Bristol from 2002 - 2006. At its peak, it ran every month for two and a half years at The Croft.
  • Choke published a free, photocopied fanzine from 2001 - 2004. It championed bands such as Pricktaster, Chikinki, Madnomad, Gravenhurst, Mooz, Big Joan, Ivory Springer, Bronnt Industries Kapital, SJ Esau, Team Brick and Geisha, Fruit of the Doom, Clayton Blizzard and Hunting Lodge as well as supporting rock, electronic and acoustic acts from the Bristol area and further afield. It was relaunched for a single issue in April 2006.
  • The Choke Forum is an Internet forum originally set up by members of the Choke collective to provide an uncensored outlet for online discussion of local music. Since the demise of the zine and club night, the forum has remained a hub for Bristol's independent music scene.

As of 2010 Choke Records was launched with the aim of promoting collaboration and experimentation within Bristols music community. To date the label has released 3 albums which includes the first Choke release from 2001.

Category:Musical collectives Category:Arts organisations based in the United Kingdom

Choke (band)

Choke is a Canadian punk rock band.

Choke (EP)

Choke is the final release by hardcore band Kiss It Goodbye. The band recorded this material initially in 1998 for an EP that was to be released by Sub Pop Records but it was never released by the label as Tim Singer soon decided to leave the band effectively dissolving it. The tracks were eventually released on Revelation records on this EP.

Choke (song)

"Choke" is Sepultura's tenth official single, and the first of three to be taken from the album Against, released in 1998. This is the band's first single with Derrick Green on vocals. It is still played in concerts. The video for the single was filmed at Green's first concert with the band, and can be found on the DVD Live In São Paulo. The cover artwork simply shows the four member of the band during the same performance.

It is their last single to chart in the UK, peaking at #110.

Choke (firearms)

In firearms, a choke is a tapered constriction of a shotgun barrel's bore at the muzzle end. Chokes are almost always used with modern hunting and target shotguns, to improve performance. Its purpose is to shape the spread of the shot in order to gain better range and accuracy. Chokes are implemented as either screw-in chokes, selected for particular applications, or as fixed, permanent chokes, integral to the shotgun barrel. William Wellington Greener is widely credited as being the inventor of the first practical choke, as documented in his classic 1888 publication, The Gun and its Development.

Chokes may be formed at the time of manufacture either as part of the barrel, by squeezing the end of the bore down over a mandrel, or by threading the barrel and screwing in an interchangeable choke tube. Chokes may also be formed even after a barrel is manufactured by increasing the diameter of the bore inside a barrel, creating what is called a "jug choke", or by installing screw-in chokes within a barrel. However implemented, a choke typically consists of a conical section that smoothly tapers from the bore diameter down to the choke diameter, followed by a cylindrical section of the choke diameter. Briley Manufacturing, one maker of interchangeable shotgun chokes, uses a conical portion about 3 times the bore diameter in length, so that the shot is gradually squeezed down with minimal deformation. The cylindrical section is shorter, usually 0.6 to 0.75 inches (15 to 19 mm). The use of interchangeable chokes allows tuning the performance of a given combination of shotgun and shotshell to achieve a desired level of performance.

Choke (film)

Choke is a 2008 black comedy film written and directed by Clark Gregg. The film stars Sam Rockwell and Anjelica Huston. Production took place in New Jersey in 2007. It premiered at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival and was purchased by Fox Searchlight Pictures for distribution. The film was released on September 26, 2008 and the DVD was released on February 17, 2009.

The film is based on the 2001 novel of the same name by Chuck Palahniuk. It tells the story of a man who works in a colonial theme park, attends sexual addiction recovery meetings, and intentionally chokes on food in upscale restaurants so his "rescuers" would give him money out of sympathy and thus cover his mother's Alzheimer's disease hospital bills.

Choke (Glee)

"Choke" is the eighteenth episode of the third season of the American musical television series Glee, and the sixty-second overall. Written by Marti Noxon and directed by Michael Uppendahl, the episode aired on Fox in the United States on May 1, 2012, and features the first appearance of special guest star Whoopi Goldberg as Carmen Tibideaux, Dean of the New York Academy of Dramatic Arts (NYADA), and the introduction of Puck's father ( Thomas Calabro).

Upon its initial airing, Choke attracted 6.01 million American viewers and received a 2.5/8  Nielsen rating/share in the 18–49 demographic, down significantly from the 2.7/8 rating/share and 6.90 million viewers of the previous episode, " Dance with Somebody", which was broadcast a week before.

Usage examples of "choke".

This illustration is not intended to apply to the older bridges with widely distended masses, which render each pier sufficient to abut the arches springing from it, but tend, in providing for a way over the river, to choke up the way by the river itself, or to compel the river either to throw down the structure or else to destroy its own banks.

He hoped it dropped into their fireplace, freaking out the kids, and Abies heard it rattling down and fucking choked on whatever White Power bullshit he was preaching in there.

The valley wanted to get everything to market in one generation, indifferent to the fate of those who should come after-the passes through the mountains being choked by cars carrying to the coasts crops from increasing acreage of declining productivity or the products of swiftly disappearing forests or the output of mines that must soon be exhausted.

A sudden, agonizing fiery ball of pain shot through him, choking his words, making him stagger slightly.

When the agriculturists of China struck to obtain a reasonable allowance of electric power for their tillage, Gordelpus affected them with an evil atmosphere, so that they choked and died in thousands.

He tried to choke it back, but the muffled croak was enough to bring Alec from his alcove.

It had a fearsome stink and Alec and There choked, half blinded, in the midst of it.

Almost choking, Ben wrenched himself free, and as he staggered back against the partition on which the tin stuff was stacked Alee flung up the counter flap and was on him again.

By then, Alker had put his hands on The Shadow and was trying to choke him.

The amaranth is so well-suited to this environment that it would soon choke out the native grasses.

And behind it all I saw the ineffable malignity of primordial necromancy, black and amorphous, and fumbling greedily after me in the darkness to choke out the spirit that had dared to mock it by emulation.

He had ingested, the report stated succinctly, amylobarbitone, pethidine and alcohol in sufficient quantities to cause his death, although what had actually killed him was suffocation, as, after he had slid into unconsciousness, he had choked on his own vomit.

I looked down at Bolivar, who was trying to choke himself to death on the lead, torn between conflicting desires to torment the armadillo and get out on the street.

I suddenly determined that the child and Joseph Cradock the farmer, and that unnamed Stratfordshire man, all found at night, all asphyxiated, had been choked by vast swarms of moths.

The keren choked upon its own blood and clawed at the spear, attempting to howl as it staggered in its forward rush, and then was it falling to the ground, its soul already sped.