• Choke Cherry
    Choke Cherry
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v choke breathe with great difficulty, as when experiencing a strong emotion "She choked with emotion when she spoke about her deceased husband"
    • v choke cause to retch or choke
    • v choke struggle for breath; have insufficient oxygen intake "he swallowed a fishbone and gagged"
    • v choke constrict (someone's) throat and keep from breathing
    • v choke reduce the air supply "choke a carburetor"
    • v choke pass from physical life and lose all bodily attributes and functions necessary to sustain life "She died from cancer","The children perished in the fire","The patient went peacefully","The old guy kicked the bucket at the age of 102"
    • v choke suppress the development, creativity, or imagination of "His job suffocated him"
    • v choke become stultified, suppressed, or stifled "He is suffocating--living at home with his aged parents in the small village"
    • v choke impair the respiration of or obstruct the air passage of "The foul air was slowly suffocating the children"
    • v choke become or cause to become obstructed "The leaves clog our drains in the Fall","The water pipe is backed up"
    • v choke be too tight; rub or press "This neckband is choking the cat"
    • v choke wring the neck of "The man choked his opponent"
    • v choke check or slow down the action or effect of "She choked her anger"
    • v choke fail to perform adequately due to tension or agitation "The team should have won hands down but choked, disappointing the coach and the audience"
    • n choke a valve that controls the flow of air into the carburetor of a gasoline engine
    • n choke a coil of low resistance and high inductance used in electrical circuits to pass direct current and attenuate alternating current
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Additional illustrations & photos:

"Choked and strangled by the foul breath of the chimneys over there." "Choked and strangled by the foul breath of the chimneys over there."

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: On average, 100 people choke to death on ballpoint pens every year.
    • Choke (Gun) A constriction in the bore of a shotgun, case of a rocket, etc.
    • Choke A stoppage or irritation of the windpipe, producing the feeling of strangulation.
    • Choke (Gun) The tied end of a cartridge.
    • Choke To affect with a sense of strangulation by passion or strong feeling. "I was choked at this word."
    • Choke To be checked, as if by choking; to stick. "The words choked in his throat."
    • Choke To have the windpipe stopped; to have a spasm of the throat, caused by stoppage or irritation of the windpipe; to be strangled.
    • Choke To hinder or check, as growth, expansion, progress, etc.; to stifle. "Oats and darnel choke the rising corn."
    • Choke To make a choke, as in a cartridge, or in the bore of the barrel of a shotgun.
    • Choke To obstruct by filling up or clogging any passage; to block up.
    • Choke To render unable to breathe by filling, pressing upon, or squeezing the windpipe; to stifle; to suffocate; to strangle. "With eager feeding food doth choke the feeder."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Every year approximately 3,000 people choke to death
    • choke To stop the breath of by preventing access of air to the windpipe; suffocate; stifle.
    • choke Specifically To deprive of the power of breathing, either temporarily or permanently, by stricture of or obstruction in the windpipe; constrict or stop up the windpipe of so as to hinder or prevent breathing; strangle.
    • choke To stop by filling; obstruct; block up: often with up: as, to choke up the entrance of a harbor or any passage.
    • choke To hinder by obstruction or impediments; overpower, hinder, or check the growth, expansion, or progress of; stifle; smother.
    • choke To suppress or stifle.
    • choke To offend greatly; revolt.
    • choke Same as choke-bore.
    • choke To stifle or suffocate, as by obstruction and pressure in hastily swallowing food, or by irritation of the air-passages when fluids are accidentally admitted there.
    • choke To be checked as if by choking; stick.
    • n choke The constriction of the bore of a choke-bored gun.—
    • n choke The neck or portion of a rocket where the stick is attached.—
    • n choke The tie at the end of a cartridge.
    • n choke The filamentous or capillary part of the artichoke.
    • n choke In India, an open place or wide street, in the middle of a city, where the market is held.
    • choke To stop or cease working: said of electrical apparatus.
    • n choke plural Tonsillitis.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Pope Adrian VI choked to death after a fly got stuck in his throat as he was taking a drink from a fountain
    • v.t Choke chōk to throttle: to suffocate: to stop or obstruct: to suppress
    • v.i Choke to be choked or suffocated
    • n Choke the action of choking
    • v.t Choke to bore in such a way
    • adj Choke smothering
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  • Arabian Proverb
    Arabian Proverb
    “He who eats alone chokes alone.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “Go oft to the house of thy friend, for weeds choke the unused path.”
  • Italian Proverb
    Italian Proverb
    “Big mouthfuls often choke.”
  • Maya Angelou
    “My life has been one great big joke, a dance that's walked a song that's spoke, I laugh so hard I almost choke when I think about myself.”
  • Matthew Arnold
    “But each day brings its petty dust our soon-choked souls to fill, and we forget because we must, and not because we will.”
  • Liam Neeson
    Liam Neeson
    “In Los Angeles, it's like they jog for two hours a day and then they think they're morally right. That's when you want to choke people, you know?”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. cheken, choken,; cf. AS. āceocian, to suffocate, Icel. koka, to gulp, E. chincough, cough,


In literature:

The mechanical trouble of choking is quite common.
"Special Report on Diseases of the Horse" by United States Department of Agriculture
There's this damned choked feeling that the world's at loose ends.
"The Best Short Stories of 1919" by Various
The firemen went down the vertical ladder and forced an entrance into the choked windows.
"Greener Than You Think" by Ward Moore
Groping his way once more along the narrow, water-choked passage, he at last reached the door.
"Chatterbox, 1906" by Various
Something choked her, and her voice stuck in her throat.
"Country Neighbors" by Alice Brown
Van nearly choked in swallowing this.
"Stanford Stories" by Charles K. Field
The choking vapors floated round him, but the Pit itself, yawning wide and terrible, was still some distance from where he stood.
"The Shadow Witch" by Gertrude Crownfield
Rollo told him that he had found out how to make choke damp.
"Rollo's Philosophy. [Air]" by Jacob Abbott
The boy was nearly choked; his cries summoned Moronval to the scene, and Jack for the first time was severely flogged.
"Jack" by Alphonse Daudet
She choked, and ran to her own room; the Principal followed her, and then the whole story came out.
"Peggy" by Laura E. Richards

In poetry:

Choking and pale
When I mind the tale
the hours keep,
my memory strays
down other days
and I weep;
"Autumn Song" by Paul Verlaine
My other failures let me pass:
The dire explosions, and, alas!
The friends I choked with noxious gas.
"Avitor" by Francis Bret Harte
The Autumn pines and fades
Upon the withered trees;
And over there, a choked despair,
You hear the moaning breeze.
"In An Old Garden" by Madison Julius Cawein
Choke the Rockefeller yen
For the clink of iron men!
Happiness it will not mint us,
Take it from your Uncle Quintus.
"That For Money!" by Franklin Pierce Adams
'Tis said, that jealous of a name
We all would praise confine,
And choke the leading path to fame
In our peculiar line.
"Vignette - XII" by Matilda Betham
For there her sleeping children lie
Unconscious of her woe;
Her choking sobs may not be stayed,
For oh, she loves them so!
"A Ballad Of 1812" by Sarah Anne Curzon

In news:

You cannot represent your constituents if the strings that provided your campaign financing are choking your ability to think for yourself and do the right thing for our country.
Attendant accused of choking autistic student.
School bus attendant , driver fired for choking incident.
The Broward County School Board has fired two transportation workers amid allegations that one of them choked an autistic student on board a school bus last month.
Bus attendant accused of choking boy to be fired.
The Broward County Public Schools intends on firing a bus attendant accused of choking a 13-year-old autistic student.
School bus attendant accused of choking autistic boy, 13.
Broward school district to fire 2 in bus choking case.
The Broward school district said Tuesday it plans to fire the bus attendant accused of choking a 13-year-old.
A distraught Bertis Paulino shows the safety harness her son wears, after she got her first look at the school bus surveillance video that appears to show her autistic son being choked by a school bus monitor.
Ava , NY (WIBX) – An Ava man is behind bars after allegedly choking his girlfriend during a domestic dispute.
Man accused of choking woman with baby in her arms on second-floor balcony .
The 2012 drought has left the river 12 feet below its normal level in parts, choking barge traffic and making navigation dangerous.
The loose beads pose a choking hazard to young children.
NEW YORK—The CEO of Dallas professional soccer team is facing charges he beat and choked his wife at a New York City hotel.

In science:

Regardless of whether the jet finally penetrates through the envelope or gets choked, it will generate strong multi-TeV neutrino signals172 .
Gamma-Ray Bursts: Progress, Problems & Prospects
It is plausible that in a larger cell, an even smaller concentration of 3He could pinch off the winding exchanges (or supercurrent) by going to choke positions not present in our small cell, thus giving better agreement with the experimental findings of a critical 3He concentration of 0.1%.
Superfluidity of Dense $^4$He in Vycor
The jets which successfully penetrate through the stellar envelope result in GRBs (γ -ray bright bursts) and the jets which choke inside the stars do not produce GRBs (γ -ray dark bursts).
Gamma-Ray Bursts
In the the case of a choked burst (electromagnetically undetectable) no direct detection of neutrinos from individual sources is possible.
Gamma-Ray Bursts
In the real trap cavity, the perturbation caused by the small space between the electrodes is minimized by the use of “choke flanges” – small channels that tend to reflect the radiation leaking out of the trap back to cancel itself, and thus to minimize the losses from the trap.
Cavity Control of a Single-Electron Quantum Cyclotron:\\Measuring the Electron Magnetic Moment