Meaning of NECK in English


I. ˈnek noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English necke, nekke, from Old English hnecca; akin to Old High German hnac nape of the neck, Old Norse hnakki nape of the neck, Old English hnutu nut — more at nut



(1) : the usually constricted part of an animal that connects the head with the body ; specifically : the cervical region of a vertebrate

(2) : the part of a tapeworm immediately behind the scolex from which new proglottides are produced — see echinococcus illustration

(3) : the siphon of a bivalve mollusk (as a clam) — not used technically

b. : the part of a garment that covers or is next to the neck ; especially : neckline

2. : a relatively narrow or constricted part joining two other parts or located at an end and suggestive of a neck: as


(1) : the narrowed part of a bottle running from the body of the bottle to the mouth

(2) : the slender end of a gourd or of some other fruits

b. : the narrow part of the uterus : cervix


(1) : collet 3

(2) : the tapering distal part of an archegonium

(3) : the terminal usually elongated part of a perithecium or pycnidium in some fungi

(4) : the part of the trunk of a tree or of the stem of a shrub that is at the surface of the soil

(5) : the restricted part of the leaf cluster just above the bulb of an onion


(1) : gorgerin

(2) : the narrow part of a column or baluster shaft just below the capital

e. : a part reduced in circumference (as the part forming the journal of a shaft) formed by a groove around and usually near the end of an object


(1) : the slender part of a cascabel between the knob and the fillet

(2) : the part of a cannon immediately behind the swell of the muzzle

(3) : the cylindrical part of a cartridge case that has an inside diameter about equal to the projectile diameter

g. : the part of a stringed musical instrument which extends from the body and to which are attached the fingerboard and the strings

h. : beard 4d

i. : a thread shank for a button


a. : a narrow stretch of land (as an isthmus, cape, promontory, or mountain pass)


(1) : a narrow body of water between two larger bodies : strait

(2) : a narrow current flowing seaward through incoming surf

c. : a mass of solidified massive or fragmental lava or igneous rock that fills or formerly filled a conduit leading upward to a volcanic vent or a laccolith

d. : a narrow vertically elongated ore body

4. : a brick wall that is usually 60 bricks long, 24 to 30 high, and 3 thick placed on each side of an upright or double battering wall to form a clamp


a. : the approximate length of the neck of a horse plus that of the head

won by a neck

b. : a narrow margin of victory

won the election campaign by a neck

6. : wake , trail — used with in, on, upon

this bad news followed on the neck of the letter

- in the neck

II. verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

transitive verb


a. : to strike sharply (as with the side of the hand) on the neck

b. : behead

c. : to twist or pull the neck of (as a fowl) so as to kill

2. : to reduce the diameter of especially by making a groove around — often used with down or in

neck down a cylinder

necking down a cartridge case

3. chiefly West : to tie (animals) loosely together by means of something (as a rope, thong) fastened about the neck

4. : to hold tightly and fondle and kiss amorously

necking the co-eds on the steps of the lecture hall — Time

intransitive verb

1. : to engage in fondling and kissing

a young couple necking on the park bench

2. : to undergo a constriction or reduction of cross section — used especially of a solid rod subjected to tension beyond the yield value

III. noun

( -s )

Etymology: origin unknown

dialect England : the last sheaf of grain cut often with traditional ceremonies at harvest time and sometimes decorated and preserved

IV. noun

: the part of a tooth between the crown and the root

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