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1 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 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]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • , /tʃəʊk/, /tS@Uk/


  1. : To be unable to breathe because of obstruction of the windpipe.
  2. : To prevent someone from breathing by strangling them.
  3. : To perform badly at a crucial stage of a competition because one is nervous, especially when one is winning.


be unable to breathe because of obstruction of the windpipe
  • Czech: dusit se
  • Finnish: kuristua, tukehtua
  • French: suffoquer
  • Hebrew: נחנק
  • Italian: soffocare
  • Kurdish: fetisîn
    Sorani: خنکان
  • Polish: dławić się
  • Spanish: sofocar
prevent someone from breathing by strangling them
  • Finnish: kuristaa
  • French: étouffer
  • Hebrew: חנק
  • Italian: strozzare
  • Kurdish: fetisandin
    Sorani: خنکاندن
  • Polish: dusić
  • Spanish: estrangular


  1. A control on a carburetor to adjust the air/fuel mixture when the engine is cold.
  2. : 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 effects the spread of the shot.


control on a carburetor
  • Finnish: rikastin, ryyppy
type of hold in wrestling etc.
constriction at a shotgun barrel

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Extensive Definition

"Choke" may be used in the following ways:
  • Choking, obstruction of airflow into an organism's lungs
  • Choke (horse), a condition in horses in which the esophagus is blocked
  • Choke (sports), a failure to win a competition after being expected to do so
  • Chokehold, a grappling hold performed on the neck that aims to render the opponent unconscious
  • Choking game, a schoolyard game of unconsciousness or near unconsciousness that is potentially lethal
  • A choke in a shotgun is a restriction or narrowing of the barrel, intended to tighten the shot pattern
  • Spreading and choking, a technique in printing for adjusting colors in the production of color separations
  • Dampening musical technique
  • Short form of choke valve, as used in automotive engines
Engineering and Informatics:
  • Choked flow, a restriction of a gas or fluid flow under pressure where the gas speed reaches sonic flow at the narrowest part
    • Choke valve, a valve used in the carburetor of internal combustion engines to enrich the fuel-air mixture during startup
  • Choke point, a constriction in a conduit or transport system, e.g. a narrowing of a road
  • Choke (electronics), an inductor used to block signals of particular frequencies
  • Choking a user who is not contributing on a peer-to-peer network like BitTorrent
  • Choke pear, a variety of pear and a variety of gag
  • Chokecherry, a suckering shrub or small tree, a species of bird cherry
  • In informal speech, choke can mean artichoke. More specifically, choke may be a "cute" name for the fuzzy/spiky stuff just above the artichoke heart.
In artistic works and groups:
  • Choke (film), an upcoming film based on the novel by Palahniuk
Choke is also a proper name of:
choke in German: Starterklappe
choke in Dutch: choke
choke in Swedish: Drossel

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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