Meaning of NECK in English


— necker , n. — neckless , adj. — necklike , adj.

/nek/ , n.

1. the part of the body of an animal or human being that connects the head and the trunk.

2. the part of a garment encircling, partly covering, or closest to the neck; neckline.

3. the length of the neck of a horse or other animal as a measure in racing.

4. the slender part near the top of a bottle, vase, or similar object.

5. any narrow, connecting, or projecting part suggesting the neck of an animal.

6. a narrow strip of land, as an isthmus or a cape.

7. a strait.

8. the longer and more slender part of a violin or similar stringed instrument, extending from the body to the head.

9. Building Trades , Mach. the part on a shank of a bolt next to the head, esp. when it has a special form.

10. Anat. a narrowed part of a bone, organ, or the like.

11. Dentistry. the slightly narrowed region of a tooth between the crown and the root.

12. Print. beard (def. 5).

13. Archit. a cylindrical continuation of the shaft of a column above the lower astragal of the capital, as in the Roman Doric and Tuscan orders.

14. Also called volcanic neck . Geol. the solidified lava or igneous rock filling a conduit leading either to a vent of an extinct volcano or to a laccolith.

15. be up to one's neck , Informal. to have a surfeit; be overburdened: Right now she's up to her neck in work.

16. break one's neck , Informal. to make a great effort: We broke our necks to get there on time.

17. get it in the neck , Slang.

a. to suffer punishment or loss: The trend is to consolidation and small businesses are getting it in the neck.

b. to be rejected or dismissed: The employees got it in the neck when the company moved overseas.

c. to be sharply reprimanded or scolded.

18. neck and neck , even or very close; indeterminate as to the outcome: They were coming toward the finish line neck and neck.

19. neck of the woods , Informal. neighborhood, area, or vicinity: Next time you're in this neck of the woods, drop in.

20. stick one's neck out , Informal. to expose oneself to danger, disaster, failure, disgrace, etc.; take a risk: He stuck his neck out by supporting an unpopular candidate.

21. win by a neck ,

a. to win by a small amount or narrow margin.

b. Racing. to be first by a head and neck; finish closely.


22. Informal. (of two persons) to embrace, kiss, and caress one another amorously.


23. Informal. to embrace, kiss, and caress (someone) amorously.

24. to strangle or behead.

[ bef. 900; ME nekke, OE hnecca, c. D nek nape of neck; akin to G Nacken, ON hnakki nape of neck ]

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .