neck

noun
\ ˈnek How to pronounce neck (audio) \

Definition of neck

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a(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
c : the part of a stringed musical instrument extending from the body and supporting the fingerboard and strings
d : a narrow stretch of land
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

neck

verb
necked; necking; necks

Definition of neck (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Synonyms for neck

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of neck in a Sentence

Noun She craned her neck to see what was going on. A giraffe is an animal with a very long neck. He broke his neck in the accident. He likes T-shirts with round necks. He grabbed the neck of the bottle. Verb The young lovers necked on the park bench. They were necking in the corner of the room.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun With his legs still churning and linebacker De’Vondre Campbell’s arm around his neck area, Akers tried to extend the ball for a score. Emmanuel Morgan Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Why the Rams red zone offense has been failing," 6 Jan. 2021 Wear a hat and gloves, of course, along with a neck gaiter or balaclava on very cold days, and don’t forget eye protection. Pamela Wright, BostonGlobe.com, "It’s the perfect year to try snowshoeing," 1 Jan. 2021 Ross’ college career ended with a neck and spine surgery before the season. Stephen Means, cleveland, "Who’s better: Ohio State football’s Shaun Wade or Clemson’s Amari Rodgers: Sugar Bowl pivotal matchups," 1 Jan. 2021 Following a struggle, then-Officer Derek Chauvin pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes as the man repeatedly complained of struggling to breathe. Washington Post, "Fatal shooting by police sets off protest in Minneapolis," 31 Dec. 2020 That was how long it was initially thought that a white Minneapolis police officer kept his knee pinned on George Floyd’s neck. Clifton Leaf, Fortune, "20 Things That Went Strangely, Wonderfully Right in 2020," 31 Dec. 2020 Gross said the child sustained injuries to his arm, neck and groin. Fox News, "Dog mauls an 11-year-old in Boston," 31 Dec. 2020 This neck brace was formerly a shower caddy listing. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Amazon still hasn’t fixed its problem with bait-and-switch reviews," 30 Dec. 2020 Pictures released by Montoya-Carranza’s lawyers show a cut on his head, and long scratches and what appears to be the outline of three fingers on Montoya-Carranza’s neck. Michael Williams, SFChronicle.com, "Lawsuit claims San Pablo police used excessive force after mistaking teen for shooting suspect," 30 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The process walks you through a number of options on the main Amazon app, from color and length to neck shape and fabric. Washington Post, "For Amazon’s $25 custom T-shirt, your body is a wonderland (of data)," 5 Jan. 2021 Tens of thousands of American police receive militarized training, including the knee to neck hold that killed George Floyd. Doris Bittar, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Commentary: Arab Americans face a particular brand of discrimination. This is what we go through.," 29 Dec. 2020 The mesh allows for good airflow, and the headrest and lumbar support give your back and neck a break. Julian Chokkattu, Wired, "The Best Cyber Monday Deals If You Work From Home," 30 Nov. 2020 The mesh allows for good airflow, and the headrest and lumbar support give your back and neck a break. Julian Chokkattu, Wired, "The Best Cyber Monday Deals If You Work From Home," 30 Nov. 2020 The mesh allows for good airflow, and the headrest and lumbar support give your back and neck a break. Julian Chokkattu, Wired, "The Best Cyber Monday Deals If You Work From Home," 30 Nov. 2020 The mesh allows for good airflow, and the headrest and lumbar support give your back and neck a break. Julian Chokkattu, Wired, "The Best Black Friday Deals if You Work From Home," 27 Nov. 2020 Plant the pillow in a chair or on the floor behind your back or neck and get ready to zen out. Amanda Tarlton, USA TODAY, "15 products that help with stress relief," 21 Oct. 2020 Those protests started with the May 25 death of George Floyd, who died after a Minneapolis police officer kneeled on his back and neck for about nine minutes. Robert Anglen, The Arizona Republic, "Ammon Bundy's new anti-government standoff: Mask mandates and quarantines," 28 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of neck

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

Verb

1842, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for neck

Noun

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

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Time Traveler for neck

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The first known use of neck was before the 12th century

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10 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Neck.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/neck. Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for neck

neck

noun
How to pronounce neck (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of neck

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

English Language Learners Definition of neck (Entry 2 of 2)

old-fashioned + informal : to kiss for a long time in a sexual way

neck

noun
\ ˈnek How to pronounce neck (audio) \

Kids Definition of neck

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

Other Words from neck

necked \ ˈnekt \ adjective

neck

noun
\ ˈnek How to pronounce neck (audio) \

Medical Definition of neck

1a : 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
c : the part of a tooth between the crown and the root

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