Choke v. t. [imp. & p. p. Choked p. pr. & vb. n. Choking.]
1. To render unable to breathe by filling, pressing upon, or squeezing the windpipe; to stifle; to suffocate; to strangle.
With eager feeding food doth choke the feeder. --Shak.
2. To obstruct by filling up or clogging any passage; to block up.
3. To hinder or check, as growth, expansion, progress, etc.; to stifle.
Oats and darnel choke the rising corn. --Dryden.
4. To affect with a sense of strangulation by passion or strong feeling. “I was choked at this word.”
5. To make a choke, as in a cartridge, or in the bore of the barrel of a shotgun.
To choke off, to stop a person in the execution of a purpose; as, to choke off a speaker by uproar.
1. That chokes; producing the feeling of strangulation.
2. Indistinct in utterance, as the voice of a person affected with strong emotion.
n 1: a condition caused by blocking the airways to the lungs (as
with food or swelling of the larynx)
2: the act of suffocating (someone) by constricting the
windpipe; "no evidence that the choking was done by the
accused" [syn: strangling, strangulation, throttling]