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chock

[chok]
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noun
  1. a wedge or block of wood, metal, or the like, for filling in a space, holding an object steady, etc.
  2. Nautical.
    1. any of various heavy metal fittings on a deck or wharf that serve as fairleads for cables or chains.
    2. a shaped support or cradle for a ship's boat, barrel, etc.
    3. a small wooden piece or timber for filling a gap, reinforcing an angle, etc., in a wooden vessel.
  3. Metalworking. a bearing supporting the end of a rolling mill.
  4. Mining. a roof support made of cribbing filled with stones.Compare cog3(def 2).
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verb (used with object)
  1. to furnish with or secure by a chock or chocks.
  2. Nautical. to place (a boat) upon chocks.
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adverb
  1. as close or tight as possible: chock against the edge.
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Origin of chock

Middle English < Anglo-French choque (compare modern Picard choke big log, Normandy dial. chouque), Old French çoche (French soche); of uncertain origin
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Related Words

crowdedjammedoverflowingstuffedwrappedloadedfilledcongestedoverloadedjam-packedchunkladestuffpilecarrycrampackstackstorefill

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  • And when I got into this county I found it chock full of armies.

    The Long Roll

    Mary Johnston

  • 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

    Emma Marshall


British Dictionary definitions for chock

chock

noun
  1. a block or wedge of wood used to prevent the sliding or rolling of a heavy object
  2. nautical
    1. a fairlead consisting of a ringlike device with an opening at the top through which a rope is placed
    2. a cradle-like support for a boat, barrel, etc
  3. mountaineering See nut (def. 10)
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verb (tr)
  1. (usually foll by up) British to cram fullchocked up with newspapers
  2. to fit with or secure by a chock
  3. to support (a boat, barrel, etc) on chocks
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adverb
  1. as closely or tightly as possiblechock against the wall
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Word Origin

C17: of uncertain origin; perhaps related to Old French çoche log; compare Provençal soca tree stump
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Word Origin and History for chock

n.

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."

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adv.

"tightly, close up against," 1799, back formation from chock-full.

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