choke

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choke
  • noun
    A valve in the carburetor of a gasoline engine that is used to reduce the amount of air in the fuel mixture when the engine is started. (an automatic choke)
    An action or sound of a person or animal having or seeming to have 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 soda)
    Fill (a passage or space), especially so as to make movement difficult or impossible. (the roads were choked with traffic)
    Overwhelm and make (someone) speechless with a strong and typically negative feeling or emotion. (she was choked with angry emotion)
    Become or cause to become tearful or extremely upset.
    Suppress a strong emotion or the expression of such an emotion. (Liz was choking back her anger)
    Enrich the fuel mixture in (a gasoline engine) by reducing the intake of air.
  • noun
    The inedible mass of silky fibers at the center of a globe artichoke. (Cut the artichokes in half and remove the hairy inner choke and any hard leaves, leaving only the tender base.)

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