choke

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choke
  • noun
    A valve in the carburetor of a gasoline engine that is used to reduce the amount of air in the fuel mixture when the engine is started. (an automatic choke)
    An action or sound of a person or animal having or seeming to have difficulty in breathing. (a little choke of laughter)
    verb
    (of a person or animal) have severe difficulty in breathing because of a constricted or obstructed throat or a lack of air. (Willie choked on a mouthful of soda)
    Fill (a passage or space), especially so as to make movement difficult or impossible. (the roads were choked with traffic)
    Overwhelm and make (someone) speechless with a strong and typically negative feeling or emotion. (she was choked with angry emotion)
    Become or cause to become tearful or extremely upset. (I just choked up reading it)
    Suppress a strong emotion or the expression of such an emotion. (Liz was choking back her anger)
    Enrich the fuel mixture in (a gasoline engine) by reducing the intake of air. (carbon monoxide results during a cold start, when an engine is choked)
  • noun
    The inedible mass of silky fibers at the center of a globe artichoke.

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