[ chok ]
/ tʃɒk /
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).
verb (used with object)
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.
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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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British Dictionary definitions for chock
/ (tʃɒk) /
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 for chock
C17: of uncertain origin; perhaps related to Old French çoche log; compare Provençal soca tree stump
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