1. A block or wedge placed under something else, such as a wheel, to keep it from moving.
2. Nautical A heavy fitting of metal or wood with two jaws curving inward, through which a rope or cable may be run.
tr.v. chocked, chock·ing, chocks
1. To fit with or secure by a chock: The plane's wheels were chocked and chained down.
2. Nautical To place (a boat) on blocks or wedges.
As close as possible: had to stand chock up against the railing.
[Possibly from Old North French choque, log, from Gaulish *tsukka, stump, of Germanic origin.]
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