General English

  • verb to stop breathing properly because something such as a piece of food is blocking the throat
  • verb to block something such as a pipe
  • verb to squeeze someone’s neck so that they cannot breathe
  • verb to find it hard to speak because of emotion

General Science

  • verb to become, or cause somebody to become, unable to breathe
  • verb to block a tube, channel or opening, making a liquid unable to move


  • noun stiff hairs inside the head of an artichoke. The hairs have to be removed before the heart can be eaten.
  • noun a disease of grasses appearing as a white fungus that develops out of the leaves and surrounds the young flower stalk. It reduces the seed crop.
  • verb to kill and animal or plant by cutting off air or light
  • verb to fill something such as a channel so that nothing can move through it


  • noun a valve in a carburettor, which controls the amount of air combining with fuel
  • verb to block a tube, etc., making a liquid unable to move

Cars & Driving

  • noun a device which restricts the amount of air entering the carburettor in order to enrich the mixture when starting the engine and running cold


  • An inductor used in a circuit to present a relatively high impedance to frequencies beyond a given value. It impedes the flow of AC, while allowing DC to pass freely. Also called choke coil, choking coil, or impedance coil.
  • To restrict the passing of a current or frequency using a choke (1).
  • A discontinuity, such as a groove, in the surface of a waveguide, which restricts or blocks certain frequencies.
  • synonymchoking coil


  • The central hairy part of an artichoke consisting of immature petals and stamens which is removed when cooked before serving or using


  • verb to stop breathing because the windpipe becomes blocked by a foreign body or by inhalation of water, or to stop someone breathing by blocking the windpipe


  • verb to obstruct a person’s airway so that they cannot breathe


  • noun to slightly reduce a pigmented area being printed to allow for the ink spreading


  • verb to lose nerve or confidence and falter in the middle of doing something


  • noun a valve which reduces the flow of air to the engine, or a knob on the dashboard of a car which activates this valve

Origin & History of “choke”

Etymologically, to choke is to cut off air by constricting the ‘cheeks’, for it is a derivative of cēoce, the Old English word for ‘cheek’. there is actually such a verb recorded, just once, from Old English: the compound ācēocian, with the intensive prefix ā-; so probably the simple verb existed too, though evidence for it has not survived. The noun sense ‘valve controlling the flow of air to an engine’ dates from the 1920s, but it was a natural development from an earlier (18th-century), more general sense ‘constriction in a tube’; its parallelism with throttle, both being applied to constriction of the air passage and hence to control valves in an engine tube, is striking. (The choke of artichoke has no etymological connection with choke ‘deprive of air’.).