Choke

Definition of Choke

Pronunciation: chōk
v. t.1.To render unable to breathe by filling, pressing upon, or squeezing the windpipe; to stifle; to suffocate; to strangle.
[imp. & p. p. Choked ; p. pr. & vb. n. Choking.]
With eager feeding food doth choke the feeder.
- Shak.
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.
- Dryden.
4.To affect with a sense of strangulation by passion or strong feeling.
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.
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.
n.1.A stoppage or irritation of the windpipe, producing the feeling of strangulation.
2.(Gun.) The tied end of a cartridge.

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