choke

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choke
  • noun
    A valve in the carburettor of a petrol engine that is used to reduce the amount of air in the fuel mixture when the engine is started. (an automatic choke)
    An act or the sound of a person or animal having difficulty in breathing. (a little choke of laughter)
    verb
    (of a person or animal) have severe difficulty in breathing because of a constricted or obstructed throat or a lack of air. (Willie choked on a mouthful of tea)
    Fill (a space) so as to make movement difficult or impossible. (the roads were choked with traffic)
    Make (someone) speechless with a strong feeling or emotion. (he was choked with fury)
    Enrich the fuel mixture in (a petrol engine) by reducing the intake of air. (carbon monoxide results during a cold start, when an engine is choked)
  • noun
    The inedible mass of silky fibres at the centre of a globe artichoke.

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