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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.



a place of greatest congestion and often hazard; bottleneck.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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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Rising trade volumes, increasing dependence on imports among food-deficit countries, underinvestment, weak governance, climate change and emerging disruptive hazards together make chokepoint disruptions - both small-scale and large-scale - increasingly likely.
Army Corps of Engineers study that recommends specific measures to prevent Asian Carp from getting beyond the Brandon Road Lock and Dam, a crucial chokepoint in the Chicago waterway system.
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.
Saudi Arabia led a coalition of 10 Sunni-ruled nations that carried out airstrikes against Shiite rebels in Yemen, which is near a shipping chokepoint.
Prices for crude oil rose about 4 percent on Thursday over concerns that the fighting in Yemen might affect the passage of tankers through the Bab el Mandeb strait, a narrow chokepoint between Yemen and Africa that is the entrance to the Red Sea.
The Huthis have been closely linked with Iran, which already overlooks another maritime chokepoint, the Strait of Hormuz linking the Gulf with the Arabian Sea.
Blocking a chokepoint, even temporarily, can lead to substantial increases in total energy costs and world energy prices, as disruptions to these routes affect oil prices and add thousands of miles of transit via alternative routes.
During this reconnaissance, a platoon-size regular formation--along with irregular forces and civilians--was spotted in the village (Heidedorf), north of a chokepoint the battalion had to pass.
It has untapped natural resources and lies close to the vital chokepoint of the Malacca Strait.
Summary: TEHRAN (FNA)- The United States has nothing left to pressure Tehran over its nuclear program except for war, and if it chooses conflict Iran could close a key energy chokepoint, Tehran's Ambassador to Baghdad Hassan Danayee-Far said.
The inlet is a narrow, meandering chokepoint where the river and the Atlantic Ocean collide, where waves, winds, tides, and currents constantly jostle one another in unpredictable ways.
8 million federal grant for the West Detroit Connection Track project is expected to eliminate a freight- and passenger-rail chokepoint in the area, according to Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.