Definitions for: Neck


[n] opening for the neck; the part of a garment near the neck opening
[n] the part of an organism that connects the head to the rest of the body; "he admired her long graceful neck"
[n] a cut of meat from the neck of an animal
[n] a narrow elongated projecting strip of land
[v] kiss, embrace, or fondle with sexual passion; "The couple were necking in the back seat of the car"



Webster (1913) Definition: 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
side.

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.
Scott.
(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
harnesses.
(b) A device with projecting arms for carrying things (as
buckets of water or sap) suspended from one's
shoulders.

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

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.



To harden the neck, to grow obstinate; to be more and more
perverse and rebellious. --Neh. ix. 17.

To tread on the neck of, to oppress; to tyrannize over.


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
shaft.

Synonyms: cervix, make out

See Also: areteria cervicalis, arteria carotis, body, bull neck, carotid artery, cervical artery, cervical vertebra, collar, cut, cut of meat, dewlap, dry land, earth, external body part, garment, ground, jugular, jugular vein, land, musculus sternocleidomastoideus, nape, neck bone, neckband, neckline, nucha, opening, organic structure, pet, pharynx, physical structure, scrag, scrag end, scruff, smooch, snog, solid ground, spoon, sternocleido mastoideus, sternocleidomastoid, sternocleidomastoid muscle, terra firma, throat, thymus, thymus gland, trachea, V neck, vena jugularis, windpipe

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