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choke

noun (n)

  • a coil of low resistance and high inductance used in electrical circuits to pass direct current and attenuate alternating current (noun.artifact)
    source: wordnet30
  • a valve that controls the flow of air into the carburetor of a gasoline engine (noun.artifact)
    source: wordnet30
  • A stoppage or irritation of the windpipe, producing the feeling of strangulation. (noun)
    source: webster1913

verb (v)

  • breathe with great difficulty, as when experiencing a strong emotion (verb.body)
    Example:
    She choked with emotion when she spoke about her deceased husband.
    source: wordnet30
  • be too tight; rub or press (verb.contact)
    Synonym: fret, gag
    source: wordnet30
  • wring the neck of (verb.contact)
    Synonym: scrag
    Example:
    The man choked his opponent.
    source: wordnet30
  • constrict (someone's) throat and keep from breathing (verb.body)
    Synonym: strangle
    source: wordnet30
  • struggle for breath; have insufficient oxygen intake (verb.body)
    Synonym: gag, strangle, suffocate
    source: wordnet30
  • fail to perform adequately due to tension or agitation (verb.social)
    Example:
    The team should have won hands down but choked, disappointing the coach and the audience.
    source: wordnet30
  • check or slow down the action or effect of (verb.social)
    Example:
    She choked her anger.
    source: wordnet30
  • become or cause to become obstructed (verb.contact)
    Synonym: back up, choke off, clog, clog up, congest, foul
    Antonym: unclog
    source: wordnet30
  • impair the respiration of or obstruct the air passage of (verb.contact)
    source: wordnet30
  • become stultified, suppressed, or stifled (verb.change)
    Synonym: suffocate
    source: wordnet30
  • suppress the development, creativity, or imagination of (verb.change)
    source: wordnet30
  • pass from physical life and lose all bodily attributes and functions necessary to sustain life (verb.change)
    Antonym: be born
    source: wordnet30
  • reduce the air supply (verb.change)
    Synonym: throttle
    Example:
    Choke a carburetor.
    source: wordnet30
  • cause to retch or choke (verb.body)
    Synonym: gag
    source: wordnet30
  • To render unable to breathe by filling, pressing upon, or squeezing the windpipe; to stifle; to suffocate; to strangle. (verb)
    source: webster1913
  • To have the windpipe stopped; to have a spasm of the throat, caused by stoppage or irritation of the windpipe; to be strangled. (verb)
    source: webster1913

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