choke

You are here

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)
    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.)

About

We are dedicated to creating and providing free, high-quality English language learning resources.