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: a wedge or block for steadying a body (such as a cask) and holding it motionless, for filling in an unwanted space, or for blocking the movement of a wheel
: a heavy metal casting (as on the bow or stern of a ship) with two short horn-shaped arms curving inward between which ropes or hawsers may pass for mooring or towing


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: as close or as completely as possible


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chocked; chocking; chocks

transitive verb

: to stop or make fast with or as if with chocks

Examples of chock in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
From herb cultivators to flash chillers, the modern fridge is chock full of handy features and unexpected amenities. Hunter Boyce, ajc, 17 Jan. 2023 And the guide is chock full of surprising trends and hints at where the smart money is moving that will be of interest to anyone in finance. Sheryl Estrada, Fortune, 12 Jan. 2023 As for Williams, her film career has been chock full of thrills, starting with Get Out and, most recently, the sci-fi horror flick M3GAN. Jen Juneau, Peoplemag, 3 Jan. 2023 These make-ahead egg cups are super simple to whip up and chock-full of brunch favorites: ham, spinach, eggs, and cheese! Leigh Crandall, Country Living, 1 Jan. 2023 It was filmed by cinematographer and skater Joseph Binkley, who wanted the visual to be chock full of fails. Brenna Ehrlich, Rolling Stone, 1 Nov. 2022 Sure, Google and Facebook are chock full of ads, too. Geoffrey A. Fowler, Washington Post, 23 Nov. 2022 This book is chock full of science, but no page is too overwhelming. Emily Barone, Time, 12 Oct. 2022 But this year, Amazon is trying out a brand new sale that promises to be chock full of great deals. Brittany Vanderbill,, 7 Oct. 2022
Well, the top of the first round is expected to chock full of SEC players with perhaps as many as half of their first 10 picks coming from college’s premier conference. Evan Grant, Dallas News, 27 June 2023 Officers then pushed the Mazda into a parking spot, chocked the tires, and contacted the respective car owners, who planned to handle the damages privately. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, 20 Dec. 2019 Make sure your car is in gear, with the parking brake set and the tires chocked. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, 13 Dec. 2018 Then set the car’s parking brake, chock an opposite wheel with a rock or block of wood, then pop off the hub cap with the blade-end of the jack handle. Mark Maynard,, 2 Aug. 2017 Officers had to chock the wheels to keep the bus from rolling. Donna McGuire Judy L. Thomas, kansascity, 27 July 2017

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Word History



origin unknown

First Known Use


1665, in the meaning defined at sense 2


1798, in the meaning defined above


1726, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of chock was in 1665

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Cite this Entry

“Chock.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
: a wedge or block for steadying or stopping a body (as a barrel), for filling in an unwanted space, or for blocking the movement of a wheel


2 of 2 verb
: to stop or make steady with or as if with chocks

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