- 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 chocking
- 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 chocking
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.