|1.||[ verb ] breathe with great difficulty, as when experiencing a strong emotion|
"She choked with emotion when she spoke about her deceased husband"
|Related terms:||breathe choking|
|2.||[ verb ] be too tight; rub or press|
"This neckband is choking the cat"
|Related terms:||compress choker|
|3.||[ verb ] struggle for breath; have insufficient oxygen intake|
|Synonyms:||suffocate strangle gag|
"he swallowed a fishbone and gagged"
|Related terms:||suffer asphyxiation|
|4.||[ verb ] constrict (someone's) throat and keep from breathing|
|5.||[ verb ] wring the neck of|
"The man choked his opponent"
|Related terms:||compress choking scrag|
|6.||[ verb ] reduce the air supply; of carburetors|
|Related terms:||enrich accelerator|
|7.||[ verb ] (biology) die (colloquial)|
|Synonyms:||drop_dead croak die_suddenly pop_off buy_the_farm snuff_it conk die_unexpectedly cash_in_one's_chips give-up_the_ghost kick_the_bucket|
"The old man finally kicked the bucket"
|Related terms:||die colloquialism|
|8.||[ verb ] cause to retch or choke|
|9.||[ verb ] become or cause to become obstructed|
|Synonyms:||clog choke_off back_up congest foul clog_up|
"The leaves clog our drains in the Fall" "The water pipe is backed up"
|Related terms:||unclog obstruct stuff silt_up gum_up crap_up congestion|
|10.||[ noun ] (physics) a coil of low resistance and high inductance used in electrical circuits to pass direct current and attenuate alternating current|
|Related terms:||coil circuit|
|11.||[ verb ] check or slow down the action or effect of|
"She choked her anger"
|12.||[ verb ] fail to perform adequately due to tension or agitation|
"The team should have won hands down but choked, disappointing the coach and the audience"
|Related terms:||fail choker|
|13.||[ verb ] (biology) kill by constricting the throat and preventing from breathing|
|Synonyms:||suffocate stifle asphyxiate|
"Othello suffocated Desdemona with a pillow"
|Related terms:||become die strangle smother suffocate suffocation asphyxia|
|14.||[ verb ] suppress the development, creativity, or imagination of|
"His job suffocated him"
|Related terms:||stifle suffocate|
|15.||[ verb ] impair the respiration of or obstruct the air passage of|
|Synonyms:||asphyxiate stifle suffocate|
"The foul air was slowly suffocating the children"
|Related terms:||obstruct choking asphyxiation|
|16.||[ noun ] a valve that controls the flow of air into the carburetor of a gasoline engine|
|Related terms:||valve automatic_choke fuel_system|