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Choke appears in the following pangram (a sentence using every letter of the alphabet at least once):

  • Prized waxy jonquils choke big farm vats. (34 letters)
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Fun fact! In Old English, hiccups were nicknamed "elf-chokes".

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Definition of the noun choke

What does choke mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: chokes

  1. a coil of low resistance and high inductance used in electrical circuits to pass direct current and attenuate alternating current
  2. a valve that controls the flow of air into the carburetor of a gasoline engine
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic word: valve = control consisting of a mechanical device for controlling the flow of a fluid
    • more specific term: automatic choke = a choke that automatically controls the flow of air to the carburetor
    • part of: fuel system = equipment in a motor vehicle or aircraft that delivers fuel to the engine

Alternative definition of the noun choke


  1. A control on a carburetor to adjust the air/fuel mixture when the engine is cold.
  2. [sports] 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.

Definition of the verb choke

What does choke mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: choked | choking | chokes

  1. breathe with great difficulty, as when experiencing a strong emotion
    • example: She choked with emotion when she spoke about her deceased husband
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme]The pirates drowned the sailor
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme] to [Oblique, state]The pirate choked the sailor to death
      [Theme - being] [Verb]The sailor drowned
      [Theme - being] [Verb] to [Oblique, state]He choked/suffocated to death

      Verbs Involving the Body (with the same syntax): asphyxiate, drown, starve, stifle, suffocate.

    • lexical domain: Body Actions - verbs of grooming, dressing and bodily care
    • more generic terms: breathe / respire / suspire / take a breath = draw air into, and expel out of, the lungs
  2. be too tight; rub or press
  3. wring the neck of
  4. constrict (someone's) throat and keep from breathing
  5. struggle for breath; have insufficient oxygen intake
  6. fail to perform adequately due to tension or agitation
    • example: The team should have won hands down but choked, disappointing the coach and the audience
    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • more generic words: fail / neglect = fail to do something
  7. check or slow down the action or effect of
    • example: She choked her anger
    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • more generic terms: bottle up / inhibit / suppress = consciously restrain from showing
  8. become or cause to become obstructed
  9. impair the respiration of or obstruct the air passage of
  10. become stultified, suppressed, or stifled
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonym of choke: suffocate
    • more generic words: become / turn = undergo a change or development
  11. suppress the development, creativity, or imagination of
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonym of choke: suffocate
    • more generic words: dampen / stifle = suppress or constrain so as to lessen in intensity
  12. pass from physical life and lose all bodily attributes and functions necessary to sustain life
  13. reduce the air supply
    • example: choke a carburetor
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonym of choke: throttle
    • more generic word: enrich = make better or improve in quality
  14. cause to retch or choke
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 1
    • lexical domain: Body Actions - verbs of grooming, dressing and bodily care
    • synonym of choke: gag
    • more generic word: sicken = make sick or ill

Alternative definition of the verb choke


  1. [intransitive] To be unable to breathe because of obstruction of the windpipe, for instance food or other objects that go down the wrong way.
  2. [transitive] To prevent someone from breathing by strangling them.
  3. [intransitive] To perform badly at a crucial stage of a competition because one is nervous, especially when one is winning.
  4. [transitive] Of a cave passage, to be partly or completely blocked by boulders, mud etc.
  5. To move one's fingers very close to the tip of a pencil, brush or other art tool.

Specialised definition of the verb choke

Glossary of sports

to lose nerve or confidence and falter in the middle of doing something (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

Glossary of sports / bowling

to perform poorly in an important situation because of nerves

Glossary of sports / golf

to grip the club farther down on the handle than usual


  1. "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.
  2. "Choke": Henry, an uptight businessman who sometimes acts with questionable ethics, nevertheless rejects Ron, a scam artist who wants a partner. Ron won't let up, and finds a lever to blackmail Henry, whose daughter Gina has killed a pedestrian in a hit-and-run car accident. To protect Gina, Henry disposes of Ron, but a murderous sociopath witnesses this crime. Henry and this stranger bond in an odd way, telling stories about their childhoods. Henry makes a deal with the stranger, helping to get rid of the body of one of the stranger's victims.
  3. "Choke" is a 2004 short comedy drama romance film written by Sean Reycraft and directed by David Hyde.
  4. "Choke" is a film, directed by Robert Raphael Goodman.
  5. "Choke" is a 2010 short film written and directed by Michelle Latimer.


  1. "Choke" is a 2001 novel by American author Chuck Palahniuk.
    • also known as "Der Simulant", No Sufoco
    • language: English Language
    • characters:
      • Victor Mancini
      • Cherry Daiquiri
      • Denny
      • Ida J. Mancini
      • Paige Marshall
    • genres: Satire, Fiction, Speculative fiction, Black comedy
    • subject: Literary
    • copyright: 2001
    • released on (13 years ago)
  2. "Choke" is a book by Stuart Woods.
    • genres: Fiction, Mystery, Suspense
    • subjects: Florida, Police procedural, Mystery


  1. "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.
  2. "Choke" 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".
  3. "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.
  4. "Choke" is the 1998 single album by Sepultura.
    • released in (17 years ago)
  5. "Choke" is a cataloged instance, composition.
  6. "Choke" is a musical single of Simon Rex & King Fantastic.
    • released on
  7. "Choke" is a composition.
  8. "Choke" is a musical EP of Bob Hansen.
    • released on (4 years ago)
  9. "Choke" is a composition.
  10. "Choke" is a musical EP of Violet Indiana.
    • released on (14 years ago)


Choke is a Canadian punk rock band.


  1. Choke: 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. Their purpose is to shape the spread of the shot in order to gain better range and accuracy. Chokes are variously implemented as either screw-in replaceable chokes, selectable for particular applications, or as fixed, non-replaceable 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.
  2. Choke: 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.
  3. 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.

Phrases with Choke

Phrases starting with the word Choke:

  1. choke up
  2. choke off
  3. choke back
  4. choke coil
  5. choke down
  6. choke hold
  7. Choke pear
  8. choke-full
  9. Choke Price
  10. Choke Cherry
  11. choke collar
  12. Choke the Luff
  13. Choke the Chicken

Phrases ending with the word Choke:

  1. to choke
  2. automatic choke

Other phrases containing the word Choke:

  1. to choke off
  2. to choke down
  3. Enough X to Choke a Horse

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Choke

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Choke is that part of the gating system which has the smallest cross-sectional area and helps in controlling the rate of metal...

Google previewGunsmithing (2000)

Shotguns by Patrick Sweeney

The simplest way to describe choke is that it is like the constriction you apply to the end of a garden hose with a nozzle. By adjusting the nozzle you change the spread of the water. As you decrease the room for the water, the stream becomes ...

Google previewShotgunning (2008)

The Art and the Science by Bob Brister

If you are after absolute long-range efficiency for pass-shooting both ducks and geese, the full choke is the one to use—not so much because it is any better with No. 2's or larger, but because it should (if fed the best load it will handle) kill a few ...

Google previewGaia Saga: Magica Universalis

by Bill Rosser

Choke (Water) and Razor Wind (Shadow). Since Choke is a water spell and ...

Google previewThe Prevention of Oil Pollution (2012)

by J. Wardley-Smith

The choke is a variable restriction used to control the oil flow to the treating system. All the casing valves, wing valves and chokes are duplicated to allow for wear, replacement and to provide a back-up. The master valve is the main valve used ...

Google previewElectromagnetic Compatibility Engineering (2011)

by Henry W. Ott

Therefore, the most important parameter in determining the performance of the choke is the shunt capacitance and not the value of inductance. Actually, most chokes used in these applications are beyond self-resonance. The presence of the ...

Google previewVariable Speed AC Drives with Inverter Output Filters (2015)

by Jaroslaw Guzinski, Haitham Abu-Rub, Patryk Strankowski

The search for the optimal CM choke is a complex iterative process, requiring proper equipment for measurement of u0 and I0max. Therefore, magnetic materials manufacturers suggest specific solutions and complete CM reactor cores fitted ...

Google previewLinux Firewalls (2015)

Enhancing Security with nftables and Beyond by Steve Suehring

Because choke is an internal host, additional ssh and ftp ports are ...

Google previewEnglish synonymes, with copious illustrations and explanations (1858)

drawn from the best writers by George Crabb

To smother is to suffocate by the exclusion of air externatly, as by covering a person entirely with bedclothes: to choke is a mode of stifling by means of bodies disproportionately large, as a piece of food lodging in the throat or the larynx, ...

Google previewThe Doctors' Dictionary, 2nd edition (2011)

A medical dictionary written by a doctor for doctors by Joseph C Segen

choke ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE noun Energy block, see there. See Reflexology BALLISTICS noun The narrowing of the cylinder bore of a shotgun at the muzzle, which minimises the spread of shot as it leaves the barrel. See Ballistics ...

Google previewA Dictionary of the Otchipwe Language, Explained in English (1878)

by Frederic Baraga

Choke, (eating or drinking ...

Google previewThe Complete Outdoors Encyclopedia (2000)

by Vin T. Sparano

The choke on a shotgun is the amount of constriction in the bore of the barrel that is used to control the spread of the shot charge. The greater the constriction, which starts about 3 inches from the muzzle, the tighter the concentration of pellets ...

Google previewLondon Encyclopaedia; Or, Universal Dictionary of Science, Art, Literature and Practical Mechanics (1829)

Comprising a Popular View of the Present State of Knowledge

CHOKE, v.a. Sax. aceocan, from ceoca, Choker, n. #: cheek or mouth. AcCho'ky, adj. cording to Minshew, from >n; whence, probably, the Spanish ahogar. To suffocate; to kill by stopping the breath; to shut up ; to stifle; to obstruct; to block up a ...

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Quotes about Choke

My life has been one great big joke A dance that's walked A song that's spoke, I laugh so hard I almost choke When I think about myself. (Maya Angelou)
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Scrabble value of C3H4O1K5E1

The value of this 5-letter word is 14 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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