- a wedge or block of wood, metal, or the like, for filling in a space, holding an object steady, etc.
- any of various heavy metal fittings on a deck or wharf that serve as fairleads for cables or chains.
- a shaped support or cradle for a ship's boat, barrel, etc.
- a small wooden piece or timber for filling a gap, reinforcing an angle, etc., in a wooden vessel.
- Metalworking. a bearing supporting the end of a rolling mill.
- Mining. a roof support made of cribbing filled with stones.Compare cog3(def 2).
- to furnish with or secure by a chock or chocks.
- Nautical. to place (a boat) upon chocks.
- as close or tight as possible: chock against the edge.
Origin of chock
Examples from the Web for chock
Thus, the SHU was chock full of contraband, because all the x-ray machines were used by the clinics and not the guards.Patted Down by India’s Hugging Saint
July 20, 2014
His mantel is chock full of Oscars and Grammys (three of each).Giorgio Moroder, Dance Music Legend, on Remixing Coldplay’s ‘Midnight’ and ‘Crazy’ Lana Del Rey
April 30, 2014
According to the channel, the new, Western-friendly government in Kiev is chock full of fascists and neo-Nazis.Watch RT, Putin's TV Network, Call the Cops on Me
March 7, 2014
The problem is, Europe seems to be chock full of unique, one time problems with its banking system.After Cyprus Bank Bailout, Depositors Race to Withdraw Their Cash. Is the Rest of Europe Next?
March 17, 2013
Beyond Tosh, the year was chock full of rape jokes, many of them baffling.Daniel Tosh, ‘Two Broke Girls,’ and The Oatmeal: The Year of the Rape Joke
December 17, 2012
And when I got into this county I found it chock full of armies.The Long Roll
I guess the palace will be chock full, Button-Bright; don't you think so?The Road to Oz
L. Frank Baum
Then: "My room is chock full of toys," the Banker said reflectively.The Girl in the Golden Atom
Raymond King Cummings
It was chock full, and Jim and I have to sleep under the table.Parkhurst Boys
Talbot Baines Reed
The prisons are chock full of them, and the mass held in abhorrence.'Penshurst Castle
- a block or wedge of wood used to prevent the sliding or rolling of a heavy object
- a fairlead consisting of a ringlike device with an opening at the top through which a rope is placed
- a cradle-like support for a boat, barrel, etc
- mountaineering See nut (def. 10)
- (usually foll by up) British to cram fullchocked up with newspapers
- to fit with or secure by a chock
- to support (a boat, barrel, etc) on chocks
- as closely or tightly as possiblechock against the wall
Word Origin and History for chock
1670s, "lumpy piece of wood," possibly from Old North French choque "a block" (Old French çoche "log," 12c.; Modern French souche "stump, stock, block"), from Gaulish *tsukka "a tree trunk, stump."
"tightly, close up against," 1799, back formation from chock-full.