noun A valve in the carburettor of a petrol engine that is used to reduce the amount of air in the fuel mixture when the engine is started. (an automatic choke) An act or the sound of a person or animal having 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 tea) Fill (a space) so as to make movement difficult or impossible. (the roads were choked with traffic) Make (someone) speechless with a strong feeling or emotion. (he was choked with fury) Enrich the fuel mixture in (a petrol 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 fibres at the centre of a globe artichoke.