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neck

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noun \ ˈnek \

Definition of neck

1 a (1) :the part of an animal that connects the head with the body
(2) :the siphon of a bivalve mollusk (such as a clam)
b :the part of a garment that covers or is next to the neck
2 :a relatively narrow part suggestive of a neck: such as
a (1) :the constricted end of a bottle
(2) :the slender proximal end of a fruit
b :cervix 2
c :the part of a stringed musical instrument extending from the body and supporting the fingerboard and strings
d :a narrow stretch of land
e :strait 1b
f :the part of a tooth between the crown and the root — see tooth illustration
g :a column of solidified magma of a volcanic pipe or laccolith
3 :a narrow margin
  • won by a neck
4 :region, part
  • my neck of the woods

Examples of neck in a Sentence

  1. She craned her neck to see what was going on.

  2. A giraffe is an animal with a very long neck.

  3. He broke his neck in the accident.

  4. He likes T-shirts with round necks.

  5. He grabbed the neck of the bottle.

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Origin and Etymology of neck

Middle English nekke, from Old English hnecca; akin to Old High German hnac nape

neck Synonyms


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neck

verb

Definition of neck

transitive verb
1 :to kiss and caress amorously
2 :to reduce in diameter
intransitive verb
1 :to engage in amorous kissing and caressing
2 :to become constricted :narrow

Examples of neck in a Sentence

  1. The young lovers necked on the park bench.

  2. They were necking in the corner of the room.

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First Known Use of neck

1842


NECK Defined for English Language Learners

neck

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Definition of neck for English Language Learners

  • : the part of the body between the head and the shoulders

  • : the part of a piece of clothing that fits around your neck

  • : a long and narrow part of something : a part that is shaped like a neck


neck

verb

Definition of neck for English Language Learners

  • : to kiss for a long time in a sexual way


NECK Defined for Kids

neck

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noun \ ˈnek \

Definition of neck for Students

1 :the part of the body between the head and the shoulders
2 :the section of a garment covering or nearest to the part connecting the head with the body
3 :something that is long and narrow or that connects two larger parts
  • a neck of land
  • the neck of a bottle

necked

\ˈnekt\ adjective
neck and neck
:so nearly equal (as in a race or election) that one cannot be said to be ahead of the other

Medical Dictionary

neck

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noun \ ˈnek \

medical Definition of neck

1 a :the usually narrowed part of an animal that connects the head with the body; specifically :the cervical region of a vertebrate
b :the part of a tapeworm immediately behind the scolex from which new proglottids are produced
2 :a relatively narrow part suggestive of a neck: as
a :a narrow part of a bone
  • the neck of the femur
b :cervix 2
c :the part of a tooth between the crown and the root

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