choking


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choke

 (chōk)
v. choked, chok·ing, chokes
v.tr.
1. To interfere with the respiration of by compression or obstruction of the larynx or trachea.
2.
a. To check or slow down the movement, growth, or action of: a garden that was choked by weeds.
b. To block up or obstruct by filling or clogging: Mud choked the drainpipe.
c. To fill up completely; jam: Major commuter arteries were choked with stalled traffic.
3. To reduce the air intake of (a carburetor), thereby enriching the fuel mixture.
4. Sports To grip (a bat or racket, for example) at a point nearer the hitting surface.
v.intr.
1. To have difficulty in breathing, swallowing, or speaking.
2. To become blocked up or obstructed.
3. Sports To shorten one's grip on the handle of a bat or racket. Often used with up.
4. To fail to perform effectively because of nervous agitation or tension, especially in an athletic contest: choked by missing an easy putt on the final hole.
n.
1. The act or sound of choking.
2.
a. Something that constricts or chokes.
b. A slight narrowing of the barrel of a shotgun serving to concentrate the shot.
3. A device used in an internal-combustion engine to enrich the fuel mixture by reducing the flow of air to the carburetor.
4. The fibrous inedible center of an artichoke head.
Phrasal Verbs:
choke back
To hold back; suppress: choked back his tears.
choke off
To bring to an end as if by choking: "Treasury borrowing of existing savings would drive up the interest rate and choke off economic activity" (Paul Craig Roberts).
choke up
To be unable to speak because of strong emotion.

[Middle English choken, short for achoken, from Old English āceōcian : ā-, intensive pref. + cēoce, cēace, jaw, cheek.]

choking

(ˈtʃəʊkɪŋ)
adj
causing breathing difficulties; suffocating

chok•ing

(ˈtʃoʊ kɪŋ)

adj.
1. (of the voice) husky and strained, esp. because of emotion.
2. causing the feeling of being choked: choking gas fumes.
[1560–70]
chok′ing•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.choking - a condition caused by blocking the airways to the lungs (as with food or swelling of the larynx)choking - a condition caused by blocking the airways to the lungs (as with food or swelling of the larynx)
disorder, upset - a physical condition in which there is a disturbance of normal functioning; "the doctor prescribed some medicine for the disorder"; "everyone gets stomach upsets from time to time"
2.choking - the act of suffocating (someone) by constricting the windpipechoking - the act of suffocating (someone) by constricting the windpipe; "no evidence that the choking was done by the accused"
suffocation, asphyxiation - killing by depriving of oxygen
Translations

choking

[ˈtʃəʊkɪŋ]
B. Nahogo m, asfixia f

choking

[ˈtʃəʊkɪŋ] adj [fumes, dust] → suffocant(e)

choking

adj
smoke, fumesbeißend; choking dustStaub m, → der einem die Luft zum Atmen nimmt
sob, moan, gasperstickt

choking

n (asphyxia) asfixia, ahogo; (on food, etc.) atragantamiento
References in classic literature ?
It was evident to him that he soon must die unless he tore loose from the steel fingers that were choking the life from him.
Instead I held grimly to him, choking, ever choking, while his frantic struggles dragged me lower and lower toward the end of the chain.
Still reluctant to surrender his hold upon his prize, he beat futilely at the face of his enemy, but at last the agony of choking compelled him to drop the girl and grapple madly with the man who choked him with one hand and rained mighty and merciless blows upon his face and head with the other.
For several minutes they fought thus until the younger man succeeded in getting both hands upon the throat of his adversary, and then, choking relentlessly, he raised the brute with him from the ground and rushed him fiercely backward against the stem of a tree.
Virginia Maxon looked on in horror as she realized that her rescuer was quickly choking Dr.
Enough, enough," exclaimed the faithful servant of the State, choking with emotion; "here is a certificate of solvency.
She was nearly choking with sobs, and was unable to continue.
You don't seem ter see any trouble bein' glad about everythin'," retorted Nancy, choking a little over her remembrance of Pollyanna's brave attempts to like the bare little attic room.
Thus he talked till, at last, the other promised, in a choking voice, that no ill should fall upon the place, no matter what happened.
She was striking him in the face with her clenched fist, and now he was choking her.
I had the black emperor upon his back, and both my hands were at his throat, choking the life from him.
She stopped short,--a word of choking feelings, rising in her heart, kept her silent.