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neck Explained

neck at CMU American English spelling Of Explained:


neck at English => English (English Etymology) Of Explained:

O.E. hnecca "neck, back of the neck," from P.Gmc. *khnekkon, from PIE *knok- "high point, ridge." Replaced O.E. hals. The verb meaning "to kiss, embrace, caress" is 1825 in northern England dial., from the noun. Neckerchief is 14c.; necktie is 1838; necklace is c.1590, from lace "cord, string." Phrase neck of the woods is attested from 1839. ///

neck at English => English (Longman) Of Explained:

n [C] ----------//
1 part of the body:
2 clothing:
3 narrow part:
4 be up to your neck in something:
5 neck and neck (with somebody):
6 in this/somebody's neck of the woods:
7 get it in the neck:
8 by a neck:
9 land:
10 (hang) around your neck: ----------// [Language: Old English; Origin: hnecca]//
1 PART OF THE BODY: the part of your body that joins your head to your shoulders, or the same part of an animal or bird// around sb's neck// --Jean wore a string of pearls around her neck.// --Mike rubbed the back of his neck.// --You have a lot of tension in your neck muscles.// --He patted his horse's neck.// --She had a mass of golden hair , which she wore in a coil at the nape (=back) of her neck .// --The dog picked up the puppy and carried it by the scruff (=back) of the neck into the house.//
2 CLOTHING: the part of a piece of clothing that goes around your neck// neck of// --The neck of his shirt was open.// --The sweater has a round neck and long sleeves.// V-necked/open-necked etc // --a navy V-necked sweater// crew neck, polo neck, scoop neck, turtleneck, V-neck//
3 NARROW PART: the narrow part of something, usually at the top// neck of// --Lara put the cork back in the neck of the bottle.// --a crack in the neck of the violin//
4 be up to your neck in sth: a) to be very busy with something// --She's up to her neck in work.// b) to be in a difficult situation that is hard to escape from// --Jim's up to his neck in debt.//
5 neck and neck (with sb): informal if two competitors or groups are neck and neck in a competition or race, they are level with each other// --Opinion polls show the two main parties are running neck and neck.//
6 in this/sb's neck of the woods: informal in a particular area or part of the country// --I haven't been in this neck of the woods for years.//
7 get it in the neck: BrE spoken to be punished or criticized// --If we don't make some changes we'll all get it in the neck.//
8 by a neck: informal if a race, especially a horse race, is won by a neck, the winner is only a very short distance in front// --Our horse won by a neck.//
9 LAND: a narrow piece of land that comes out of a wider part// --a neck of land between a lake and the sea//
10 (hang) around your neck: if something hangs around your neck, it keeps causing you problems// be breathing down sb's neck at breathe(5), I'll wring sb's neck at wring(6), pain in the neck at pain1 (3), risk your neck at risk2 (1), save sb's neck at save1 (11), stick your neck out at stick out(3)//
neck 2 v [I usually in progressive] informal if two people are necking, they kiss for a long time in a sexual way// -- necking n [U] //

neck at English => English (Moby Thesaurus II) Of Explained:

180 Moby Thesaurus words for "neck":
abbreviation, advocate, alpenstock, and quarter, ankle, arm,
articulation, astriction, astringency, athletic supporter, back,
backbone, backing, bandeau, bearer, bill and coo, bottleneck,
boundary, bra, brace, bracer, bracket, brassiere, breast, butt,
buttress, canal, cane, carrier, cervix, channel, chicken foot,
circumscription, clinch, closure, coarctation, compactedness,
compaction, compression, compressure, concentration, condensation,
connecting link, connecting rod, connection, consolidation,
constriction, constringency, contraction, contracture, copulate,
corset, coupling, crook, crutch, curtailment, dally, dark meat,
decapitate, decollate, decrease, defile, diminuendo, dovetail,
draw, drumstick, elbow, embrace, foundation garment, fulcrum,
gibbet, giblets, girdle, gliding joint, guillotine, guy, guywire,
hang, head, hinge, hinged joint, hip, hourglass, hourglass figure,
interface, isthmus, jock, jockstrap, join, joining, joint,
juncture, knee, knitting, knuckle, leg, link, lollygag, lynch,
mainstay, maintainer, make love, make out, mast, miter, mortise,
narrow, narrow place, narrowing, narrows, noose, oyster, pass, pet,
pivot, pivot joint, prop, puckering, pursing, rabbet, reduction,
reinforce, reinforcement, reinforcer, rest, resting place, rigging,
scarf, scrag, seam, shortening, shoulder, shroud, smooch,
solidification, spine, spoon, sprit, staff, standing rigging,
stave, stay, stick, stiffener, stitch, strait, stranglement,
strangulation, strengthener, stretch, striction, stricture,
string up, support, supporter, sustainer, suture, sweet-talk,
symphysis, systole, thigh, throat, tie rod, toggle, toggle joint,
toy, trifle, turkey foot, union, upholder, walking stick, wanton,
wasp waist, weld, whisper sweet nothings, white meat, wing,
wishbone, wrinkling, wrist

neck at English => English (English Thesaurus) Of Explained:

[N] (Narrowness): narrowness, closeness, exiguity, hair's breadth, thinness, slenderness, skinniness, tenuity, emaciation, shaving, slip, filament, skeleton, shadow, stricture, neck, waist, isthmus.

Neck at English => English (Eastons 1897 Bible) Of Explained:

anization): derangement, disorder, discomposure, disturbance, disorganization, dislocation, perturbation, interruption, shuffling, inversion, corrugation, fold, involvement, interchange.

[N] (Insanity): unsound mind, derangement, insanity, lunacy, madness, mania, unsoundness, psychosis, neurosis, cognitive disorder, rabies, furor, mental alienation, aberration, par

neck at English => English (Oxford Advanced Learners) Of Explained:

noun, verb

1 [C] the part of the body between the head and the shoulders:
He tied a scarf around his neck. * I woke up with a stiff neck. * Giraffes have very long necks. * She craned (= stretched) her neck to get a better view. * He broke his neck in the fall. * Somebody's going to break their neck (= injure themselves) on these steps.

2 [C] the part of a piece of clothing that fits around the neck:
What neck size do you take?

3 -necked (in adjectives) having the type of neck mentioned:
a round-necked sweater
4 [C] ~ (of sth) a long narrow part of sth:
the neck of a bottle * a neck of land
5 [U] ~ (of sth) the neck of an animal, cooked and eaten:
neck of lamb
be up to your neck in sth to have a lot of sth to deal with:
We're up to our neck in debt. * He's in it (= trouble) up to his neck.
by a neck if a person or an animal wins a race by a neck, they win it by a short distance
get it in the neck (BrE, informal) to be shouted at or punished because of sth that you have done
neck and neck (with sb/sth) (also nip and tuck (with sb) especially in AmE) level with sb in a race or competition:
The cyclists were neck and neck as they approached the final lap.
neck of the woods (informal) a particular place or area:
He's from your neck of the woods (= the area where you live). * What are you doing in this neck of the woods?
verb [V] (usually be necking) (old-fashioned, informal) when two people are necking, they are kissing each other in a sexual way

Neck at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Neck \Neck\, n. [OE. necke, AS. hnecca; akin to D. nek the nape
of the neck, G. nacken, OHG. nacch, hnacch, Icel. hnakki, Sw.
nacke, Dan. nakke.]
1. The part of an animal which connects the head and the
trunk, and which, in man and many other animals, is more
slender than the trunk.

2. Any part of an inanimate object corresponding to or
resembling the neck of an animal; as:
(a) The long slender part of a vessel, as a retort, or of
a fruit, as a gourd.
(b) A long narrow tract of land projecting from the main
body, or a narrow tract connecting two larger tracts.
(c) (Mus.) That part of a violin, guitar, or similar
instrument, which extends from the head to the body,
and on which is the finger board or fret board.

3. (Mech.) A reduction in size near the end of an object,
formed by a groove around it; as, a neck forming the
journal of a shaft.

4. (Bot.) the point where the base of the stem of a plant
arises from the root.

{Neck and crop}, completely; wholly; altogether; roughly and
at once. [Colloq.]

{Neck and neck} (Racing), so nearly equal that one cannot be
said to be before the other; very close; even; side by

{Neck of a capital}. (Arch.) See {Gorgerin}.

{Neck of a cascabel} (Gun.), the part joining the knob to the
base of the breech.

{Neck of a gun}, the small part of the piece between the
chase and the swell of the muzzle.

{Neck of a tooth} (Anat.), the constriction between the root
and the crown.

{Neck or nothing} (Fig.), at all risks.

{Neck verse}.
(a) The verse formerly read to entitle a party to the
benefit of clergy, said to be the first verse of the
fifty-first Psalm, ``Miserere mei,'' etc. --Sir W.
(b) Hence, a verse or saying, the utterance of which
decides one's fate; a shibboleth.

These words, ``bread and cheese,'' were their
neck verse or shibboleth to distinguish them;
all pronouncing ``broad and cause,'' being
presently put to death. --Fuller.

{Neck yoke}.
(a) A bar by which the end of the tongue of a wagon or
carriage is suspended from the collars of the
(b) A device with projecting arms for carrying things (as
buckets of water or sap) suspended from one's

{On the neck of}, immediately after; following closely.
``Commiting one sin on the neck of another.'' --W.

{Stiff neck}, obstinacy in evil or wrong; inflexible
obstinacy; contumacy. ``I know thy rebellion, and thy
stiff neck.'' --Deut. xxxi. 27.

{To break the neck of}, to destroy the main force of. ``What
they presume to borrow from her sage and virtuous rules .
. . breaks the neck of their own cause.'' --Milton.

Neck \Neck\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Necked}; p. pr. & vb. n.
{Necking}.] (Mech.)
To reduce the diameter of (an object) near its end, by making
a groove around it; -- used with down; as, to neck down a

neck at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

v : kiss, embrace, or fondle with sexual passion; "The couple
were necking in the back seat of the car" [syn: {make out}]

n 1: the part of an organism that connects the head to the rest
of the body; "he admired her long graceful neck" [syn: {cervix}]
2: a narrow elongated projecting strip of land
3: a cut of meat from the neck of an animal
4: opening for the neck; the part of a garment near the neck

neck at English (WD) Of Explained:

Inter: wikipedi » a


* Inter: audio » en-us-neck.ogg|Audio (US)
  • Inter: IPA » /nɛk/|lang=en
  • Inter: rhymes » ɛk


    From Inter: etyl » enm Inter: term » nekke|lang=enm, Inter: term » nakke|lang=enm, from Inter: etyl » ang Inter: term » hnecca|lang=ang, Inter: recons » hnæcca||neck, nape|lang=ang, from Inter: etyl » gem-pro|en Inter: recons » hnakkô||nape, neck|lang=gem-pro, from Inter: etyl » ine-pro|en Inter: recons » knog-|lang=ine-pro, Inter: recons » kneg-||back of the head, nape, neck|lang=ine-pro. Cognate with Inter: etyl » sco|- Inter: term » nek||neck|lang=sco, Inter: etyl » frr|- Inter: term » neek|lang=frr, Inter: term » neeke|lang=frr, Inter: term » Nak||neck|lang=frr, Inter: etyl » stq|- Inter: term » Näcke||neck|lang=stq, Inter: etyl » fy|- Inter: term » nekke||neck|lang=fy, Dutch Inter: term » nek||neck|lang=nl, Low German Inter: term » Nakke||neck|lang=nds, German Inter: term » Nacken||nape of the neck|lang=de, Danish Inter: term » nakke||neck|lang=da, Inter: etyl » sv|- Inter: term » nacke||neck|lang=sv, Inter: etyl » is|- Inter: term » hnakki||neck|lang=is, Tocharian A Inter: term » kñuk||neck, nape|lang=xto. Possibly a mutated variant of *kneug/k (cf. Old English Inter: term » hnocc|lang=ang 'hook, penis', Welsh Inter: term » cnwch|lang=cy 'joint, knob', Latvian Inter: term » knaūķis|lang=lv 'dwarf', Ancient Greek Inter: term » |knychóō 'to draw together'). More at Inter: l » en|nook.

Category: File - :Gray1195.png|right|thumb|A human neck.


Inter: en-nou » n
Category: File - :Anhinga novaehollandiae neck.jpg|thumb|right|An Australiasian Darter extends her long neck
  • The part of body connecting the head and the trunk found in humans and some animals.
    1. The corresponding part in some other anatomical contexts.
    2. The part of a shirt, dress etc., which fits a person's neck.
    3. The tapered part of a bottle toward the opening.
    4. Inter: botan » y The slender tubelike extension atop an archegonium, through which the sperm swim to reach the egg.
    5. Inter: RQ:Schuster Hepaticae V » 5
    6. : Archegonia are surrounded early in their development by the juvenile perianth, through the slender beak of which the elongated neck of the fertilized archegonium protrudes.
    7. Inter: musi » c The extension of any stringed instrument on which a fingerboard is mounted

      Derived terms

      * hindneck

  • neck and neck/neck-and-neck
  • neckband
  • neckcloth
  • neckerchief (from kerchief)
  • necklace
  • necklet
  • neckline
  • neck of the woods
  • neck ring
  • necktie
  • neckwear
  • neckyoke
  • stick one's neck out


    Inter: trans-top » the part of body connecting the head and the trunk found in humans and some animals
  • Afrikaans: Inter: t- » af|nek, Inter: t- » af|hals
  • Ainu: Inter: tø » ain|レクッ|tr=rekut
  • Albanian: Inter: t- » sq|qafë|f
  • Arabic: Inter: t- » ar|رقبة|f|tr=ráqaba, Inter: t+ » ar|عنق|m|tr=ʿúnuq
  • : Egyptian Arabic: Inter: tø » arz|رقبة|f|tr=raʔaba|sc=Arab
  • Armenian: Inter: t- » hy|վիզ|tr=viz, Inter: t- » hy|պարանոց|tr=paranoc’
  • : Old Armenian: Inter: tø » xcl|վիզ|tr=viz|sc=Armn, Inter: tø » xcl|պարանոց|tr=paranocʿ|sc=Armn, Inter: tø » xcl|ուլն|tr=uln|sc=Armn, Inter: tø » xcl|ճիտ|tr=čit|sc=Armn, Inter: tø » xcl|փող|tr=pʿoł|sc=Armn
  • Aromanian: Inter: t- » rup|gushi, Inter: t- » rup|gushã
  • Asturian: Inter: t+ » ast|pescuezu|m
  • Azeri: Inter: t+ » az|boyun
  • Baluchi: Inter: tø » bal|گردن|tr=gardin, gardan
  • Bashkir: Inter: tø » ba|муйын|tr=muyın|sc=Cyrl
  • Basque: Inter: t- » eu|sama
  • Belarusian: Inter: t- » be|шыя|f|tr=šýja|sc=Cyrl
  • Bengali: Inter: t- » bn|গলা|tr=gôla|sc=Beng, Inter: t- » bn|ঘর্|tr=ghar|sc=Beng
  • Bulgarian: Inter: t+ » bg|шия|f|tr=šíja|sc=Cyrl, Inter: t+ » bg|врат|m|sc=Cyrl
  • Burmese: Inter: t+ » my|လည်ပင်း|tr=lèbin:|sc=Mymr
  • Catalan: Inter: t+ » ca|coll|m
  • Chamicuro: Inter: tø » ccc|c̈hano
  • Chinese:
  • : Mandarin: Inter: qualifier » formal Inter: t- » cmn|頸|sc=Hani, Inter: t- » cmn|颈|tr=jǐng|sc=Hani, Inter: qualifier » formal Inter: t » cmn|頸項|sc=Hani, Inter: t » cmn|颈项|tr=jǐngxiàng|sc=Hani, Inter: qualifier » informal Inter: t- » cmn|脖子|tr=bózi|sc=Hani
  • : Min Nan: Inter: t+ » nan|頷|tr=ām|sc=Hans, Inter: t+ » nan|頷頸|tr=ām-kún|sc=Hans, Inter: t- » nan|頷仔頸|tr=ām-á-kńg|sc=Hans
  • Czech: Inter: t+ » cs|krk|m, Inter: t+ » cs|šíje|f
  • Dalmatian: Inter: tø » dlm|cual|m, Inter: tø » dlm|zoglo|m
  • Danish: Inter: t+ » da|hals|c
  • Dutch: Inter: t+ » nl|nek, Inter: t+ » nl|hals|m
  • Egyptian: Inter: tø » egy|nḥbt|sc=Egyp
  • : nH-H-b-t:F51
  • Estonian: Inter: t- » et|kael, Inter: t- » et|kaelus
  • Finnish: Inter: t+ » fi|kaula
  • French: Inter: t+ » fr|cou|m, Inter: t+ » fr|nuque|f Inter: gloss » nape of the neck
  • Friulian: Inter: tø » fur|cuel
  • Georgian: Inter: t- » ka|კისერი|tr=kiseri|sc=Geor
  • German: Inter: t+ » de|Hals|m, Inter: qualifier » back of the neck Inter: t+ » de|Nacken|m, Inter: qualifier » back of the neck Inter: t+ » de|Genick|n
  • Gothic: {{tø|got|