Definition of Choke

1. Noun. A coil of low resistance and high inductance used in electrical circuits to pass direct current and attenuate alternating current.

Exact synonyms: Choke Coil, Choking Coil
Group relationships: Circuit, Electric Circuit, Electrical Circuit
Generic synonyms: Coil

2. Verb. Breathe with great difficulty, as when experiencing a strong emotion. "She choked with emotion when she spoke about her deceased husband"
Generic synonyms: Breathe, Respire, Suspire, Take A Breath
Derivative terms: Choking

3. Noun. A valve that controls the flow of air into the carburetor of a gasoline engine.
Specialized synonyms: Automatic Choke
Group relationships: Fuel System
Generic synonyms: Valve

4. Verb. Be too tight; rub or press. "This neckband is choking the cat"
Exact synonyms: Fret, Gag
Generic synonyms: Compact, Compress, Constrict, Contract, Press, Squeeze
Derivative terms: Choker, Choker

5. Verb. Wring the neck of. "The man choked his opponent"
Exact synonyms: Scrag
Generic synonyms: Compact, Compress, Constrict, Contract, Press, Squeeze
Derivative terms: Choker, Choking, Scrag, Scrag

6. Verb. Constrict (someone's) throat and keep from breathing.
Exact synonyms: Strangle
Generic synonyms: Compact, Compress, Constrict, Contract, Press, Squeeze
Derivative terms: Choking, Strangulation

7. Verb. Struggle for breath; have insufficient oxygen intake. "He swallowed a fishbone and gagged"
Exact synonyms: Gag, Strangle, Suffocate
Generic synonyms: Hurt, Suffer
Derivative terms: Choking, Suffocation, Suffocative

8. Verb. Fail to perform adequately due to tension or agitation. "The team should have won hands down but choked, disappointing the coach and the audience"
Generic synonyms: Fail, Neglect
Derivative terms: Choker

9. Verb. Check or slow down the action or effect of. "She choked her anger"
Generic synonyms: Bottle Up, Inhibit, Suppress

10. Verb. Become or cause to become obstructed. "The water pipe is backed up"
Exact synonyms: Back Up, Choke Off, Clog, Clog Up, Congest, Foul
Specialized synonyms: Gum Up, Crap Up, Block, Choke Up, Lug, Stuff, Silt, Silt Up
Generic synonyms: Block, Close Up, Impede, Jam, Obstruct, Obturate, Occlude
Derivative terms: Backup, Clog, Congestion, Congestive
Antonyms: Unclog

11. Verb. Impair the respiration of or obstruct the air passage of. "The foul air was slowly suffocating the children"

12. Verb. Become stultified, suppressed, or stifled. "He is suffocating--living at home with his aged parents in the small village"
Exact synonyms: Suffocate
Related verbs: Suffocate
Generic synonyms: Become, Turn

13. Verb. Suppress the development, creativity, or imagination of. "His job suffocated him"
Exact synonyms: Suffocate
Generic synonyms: Dampen, Stifle
Related verbs: Suffocate

14. Verb. Pass from physical life and lose all bodily attributes and functions necessary to sustain life. "The old guy kicked the bucket at the age of 102"

15. Verb. Reduce the air supply. "Choke a carburetor"
Exact synonyms: Throttle
Generic synonyms: Enrich
Derivative terms: Throttle, Throttle

16. Verb. Cause to retch or choke.
Exact synonyms: Gag
Generic synonyms: Sicken

Definition of Choke

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

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

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

Definition of Choke

1. Verb. (intransitive) To be unable to breathe because of obstruction of the windpipe, for instance food or other objects that go down the wrong way. ¹

2. Verb. (transitive) To prevent someone from breathing by strangling them. ¹

3. Verb. (intransitive) To perform badly at a crucial stage of a competition because one is nervous, especially when one is winning. ¹

4. Verb. (transitive) Of a cave passage, to be partly or completely blocked by boulders, mud etc. ¹

5. Verb. To move one's fingers very close to the tip of a pencil, brush or other art tool. ¹

6. Noun. A control on a carburetor to adjust the air/fuel mixture when the engine is cold. ¹

7. Noun. (sports) In wrestling, karate (etc.), a type of hold that can result in strangulation. ¹

8. Noun. A constriction at the muzzle end of a shotgun barrel which affects the spread of the shot. ¹

9. Noun. A partial or complete blockage (of boulders, mud, etc.) in a cave passage. ¹

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Definition of Choke

1. to impede the breathing of [v CHOKED, CHOKING, CHOKES]

Medical Definition of Choke

1. 1. To prevent respiration by compression or obstruction of the larynx or trachea. 2. Any obstruction of the oesophagus in herbivorous animals by a partly swallowed foreign body. Origin: M.E. Choken, fr. O.E. Aceocian (05 Mar 2000)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Choke

choke (current term)
choke back
choke coil
choke collar
choke collars
choke damp
choke down
choke hold
choke off
choke pear
choke pears
choke price
choke the luff

Literary usage of Choke

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Transactions by European Orthodontic Society, Lina Oswald, Northern Ohio Dental Society, Ossory Archaeological Society, Wentworth Historical Society, Society of Automobile Engineers (1907)
"A choke-coil will be effective in reflecting and shielding all back of ... The strength of a choke- coil is measured by its inductance and its insulation. ..."

2. Transactions of the American Institute of Electrical Engineers by American Institute of Electrical Engineers (1908)
"I doubt if any harmful effect from choke-coils occurs very often. ... A choke-coil at the terminal of a transformer will simply make this change of ..."

3. The Tree Book: A Popular Guide to a Knowledge of the Trees of North America by Julia Ellen Rogers (1905)
"The choke cherry exhales an odour that is rank and disagreeable beside being pungent ... The leaves of choke cherry are nearly twice as broad as those of P. ..."

4. Journal of the American Chemical Society by American Chemical Society (1903)
"During the absorption of the carbon dioxide and the cooling of the pear, the oxygen is determined on the left side, so that a complete choke-damp ..."

5. Bulletin by United States Weather Bureau (1899)
"choke COILS FOB ALTERNATING- CURRENT CIRCUITS. A lightning discharge is of an oscillatory character and possesses the property of self-induction ..."

6. Principles of the Criminal Law: A Concise Exposition of the Nature of Crime by Seymour Frederick Harris, Aviet Agabeg (1884)
"If the intent cannot be proved, the defendant may be convicted of a common assault (u). ATTEMPT TO choke, ETC., WITH INTENT, ETC. ..."

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