- (of the voice) husky and strained, especially because of emotion.
- causing the feeling of being choked: a choking cloud of smoke.
Origin of choking
- to stop the breath of by squeezing or obstructing the windpipe; strangle; stifle.
- to stop by or as if by strangling or stifling: The sudden wind choked his words.
- to stop by filling; obstruct; clog: Grease choked the drain.
- to suppress (a feeling, emotion, etc.) (often followed by back or down): I managed to choke back my tears.
- to fill chock-full: The storeroom was choked with furniture.
- to seize (a log, felled tree, etc.) with a chain, cable, or the like, so as to facilitate removal.
- to enrich the fuel mixture of (an internal-combustion engine) by diminishing the air supply to the carburetor.
- Sports. to grip (a bat, racket, or the like) farther than usual from the end of the handle; shorten one's grip on (often followed by up).
- to suffer from or as from strangling or suffocating: He choked on a piece of food.
- to become obstructed, clogged, or otherwise stopped: The words choked in her throat.
- the act or sound of choking.
- a mechanism by which the air supply to the carburetor of an internal-combustion engine can be diminished or stopped.
- Machinery. any mechanism that, by blocking a passage, regulates the flow of air, gas, etc.
- Electricity. choke coil.
- a narrowed part, as in a chokebore.
- the bristly upper portion of the receptacle of the artichoke.
- choke off, to stop or obstruct by or as by choking: to choke off a nation's fuel supply.
- choke up,
- to become or cause to become speechless, as from the effect of emotion or stress: She choked up over the sadness of the tale.
- to become too tense or nervous to perform well: Our team began to choke up in the last inning.
Origin of choke
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Examples from the Web for choking
We see a system that will indict a 20-year-old for selling crack but not a police officer for choking the life out of a citizen.Bobby Shmurda and Rap’s Ultimate Hoop Dream
December 23, 2014
Another video that went viral showed Blanc choking women in Tokyo.‘Pick-Up Artist’ to Be Banned from UK
November 19, 2014
“Raising the Turkish flag was very healing for me, and I think a little for Turkey as well,” says Hayes, choking up a bit.The Unbelievable (True) Story of the World’s Most Infamous Hash Smuggler
November 14, 2014
Parkes managed to gasp through the choking, “Is there something wrong with the money?”Inside London’s Wild Brixton Academy: How Gangsters and Kurt Cobain Made It London’s Top Music Venue
September 29, 2014
“His language in the hearing” to describe the choking “was that it was a ‘gentle caress,’” Sclove remembered.Is Sex Assault a Crime in the Ivy League?
May 10, 2014
But I could not speak; I could only gape, choking and giddy.The Bacillus of Beauty
How long do you suppose, sir, that an hour is to a man who is choking for want of air?'Little Dorrit
He tried to loosen his neck-band; it seemed to be choking him.The Gentleman From Indiana
(aside to her son) Choking the cratur is with the words he can't get out.Tales And Novels, Volume 8 (of 10)
Choking, he managed with numbed fingers to screw his helmet on.Pirates of the Gorm
- (tr) to hinder or stop the breathing of (a person or animal), esp by constricting the windpipe or by asphyxiation
- (intr) to have trouble or fail in breathing, swallowing, or speaking
- (tr) to block or clog up (a passage, pipe, street, etc)
- (tr) to retard the growth or action ofthe weeds are choking my plants
- (tr) to suppress (emotion)she choked her anger
- (intr) slang to die
- (tr) to enrich the petrol-air mixture by reducing the air supply to (a carburettor, petrol engine, etc)
- (intr) (esp in sport) to be seized with tension and fail to perform well
- the act or sound of choking
- a device in the carburettor of a petrol engine that enriches the petrol-air mixture by reducing the air supply
- any constriction or mechanism for reducing the flow of a fluid in a pipe, tube, etc
- Also called: choke coil electronics an inductor having a relatively high impedance, used to prevent the passage of high frequencies or to smooth the output of a rectifier
- the inedible centre of the head of an artichoke
Word Origin and History for choking
c.1300, transitive, "to strangle;" late 14c., "to make to suffocate," of persons as well as swallowed objects, a shortening of acheken (c.1200), from Old English aceocian "to choke, suffocate" (with intensive a-), probably from root of ceoke "jaw, cheek" (see cheek (n.)).
Intransitive sense from c.1400. Meaning "gasp for breath" is from early 15c. Figurative use from c.1400, in early use often with reference to weeds stifling the growth of useful plants (a Biblical image). Meaning "to fail in the clutch" is attested by 1976, American English. Related: Choked; choking. Choke-cherry (1785) supposedly so called for its astringent qualities. Johnson also has choke-pear "Any aspersion or sarcasm, by which another person is put to silence." Choked up "overcome with emotion and unable to speak" is attested by 1896. The baseball batting sense is by 1907.
1560s, "quinsy," from choke (v.). Meaning "action of choking" is from 1839. Meaning "valve which controls air to a carburetor" first recorded 1926.
- To interfere with the respiration of by compression or obstruction of the larynx or trachea.
- To have difficulty in breathing, swallowing, or speaking.