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) A sound produced by 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 soda) Fill (a passage or space), especially so as to make movement difficult or impossible. (the roads were choked with traffic) Make (someone) speechless with a strong feeling or emotion. Enrich the fuel mixture in (a gasoline engine) by reducing the intake of air.
noun The inedible mass of silky fibers at the center of a globe artichoke. (Cut the artichokes in half and remove the hairy inner choke and any hard leaves, leaving only the tender base.)