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or choke point  (chōk′point′)
1. A narrow passage, such as a strait, through which shipping must pass.
2. A point of congestion or obstruction.
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a place of greatest congestion and often hazard; bottleneck.
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Noun1.chokepoint - a narrowing that reduces the flow through a channel
narrowing - an instance of becoming narrow
2.chokepoint - a point of congestion or blockage; "the bridge is always a chokepoint at rush hour"
point - the precise location of something; a spatially limited location; "she walked to a point where she could survey the whole street"
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* Panama Canal, entirely within Panama, the only non-Muslim state on a chokepoint.
Finally, because of chokepoint locations and the distances and time between them, the nature of RFID transmission becomes historical.
The pipeline is used by Middle East crude exporters including Saudi Arabia to by-pass the shipping chokepoint of the Suez Canal.
Greenspan believed the Iraqi dictator was bent upon gaining control of the Strait of Hormuz, the chokepoint through which Persian Gulf oil flows.
ALGIERS -- Iranian coastguard's seizure of an oil tanker belonging to Algerian state oil firm Sonatrach in the world's most strategic oil chokepoint should have no bearing on the company's output, Algeria's energy minister says.
Police are now on 'manhunt operations and all municipal police stations were directed to conduct immediate checkpoint, chokepoint, and intel monitoring,' said Faltado.
It is possible the Houthis, prompted by Iran, staged the incident as a show of intent to what is happening around the more important chokepoint of the Strait of Hormuz.
Lim, additional traffic personnel will be fielded on areas of concern and traffic chokepoint areas in the metropolis, including bus terminals.
Istanbul's Bosphorus Strait, a key chokepoint for oil which handles about 3 percent of global shipments, mainly from Black Sea ports and the Caspian region, was reopened on Saturday after being shut for several hours after Friday's attempted military coup.
Abu Dhabi: Abu Dhabi has shipped at least 11 crude cargoes from the United Arab Emirates' port of Fujairah, allowing buyers to load oil outside the Strait of Hormuz chokepoint, four people with direct knowledge of the sales said.
Abu Dhabi -- Abu Dhabi has shipped at least four crude cargoes from Fujairah to test a new oil pipeline to the neighbouring emirate that is outside the Arabian Gulf and Strait of Hormuz maritime chokepoint.
The US Energy Information Administration in an August report said: "The blockage of a chokepoint, even temporarily, can lead to substantial increases in total energy costs.