kink

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v kink form a curl, curve, or kink "the cigar smoke curled up at the ceiling"
    • v kink curl tightly "crimp hair"
    • n kink a difficulty or flaw in a plan or operation "there are still a few kinks to iron out"
    • n kink an eccentric idea
    • n kink a person with unusual sexual tastes
    • n kink a sharp bend in a line produced when a line having a loop is pulled tight
    • n kink a painful muscle spasm especially in the neck or back (`rick' and `wrick' are British)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Kink A fit of coughing; also, a convulsive fit of laughter.
    • Kink A twist or loop in a rope or thread, caused by a spontaneous doubling or winding upon itself; a close loop or curl; a doubling in a cord.
    • Kink An unreasonable notion; a crotchet; a whim; a caprice.
    • v. i Kink To wind into a kink; to knot or twist spontaneously upon itself, as a rope or thread.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n kink A knot-like contraction or curl in a thread, cord, or rope, or in a hair, wire, or chain, resulting from its being twisted or doubled upon itself, or from the nature of the material. Also kinkle.
    • n kink An unreasonable and obstinate notion; a crotchet; a whim.
    • kink To form kinks; twist or contract into knots.
    • kink To become entangled: said of a line.
    • kink To laugh loudly.
    • kink To gasp for breath as in a severe fit of coughing: especially applied to the noisy inspiration of breath in whooping-cough.
    • n kink A convulsive fit of coughing or laughter; a sonorous indraft of the breath; the whoop in whooping-cough; a gasping for breath caused by coughing, laughing, or crying.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Kink kingk a twist in a string, rope, &c
    • Kink also Kink′le
    • v.i Kink kingk to cough loudly, gasp for breath
    • n Kink a convulsive cough or gasp
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
D. kink, a bend or turn, or Sw. kink,

Usage

In literature:

This one has a kink in its hair the other one hasn't.
"Dorothy's House Party" by Evelyn Raymond
First the pack, as packs sometimes will for no visible reason, developed a kink that galled his shoulders obstinately.
"The Backwoodsmen" by Charles G. D. Roberts
In this way the tube will not kink or lose its shape while being wound.
"Boys' Book of Model Boats" by Raymond Francis Yates
But if he has already taken a brace and straightened the kinks out of himself, that's different.
"Out of the Depths" by Robert Ames Bennet
There's a kink in the man somewhere.
"The Traitors" by E. Phillips (Edward Phillips) Oppenheim
There was a kink in my leader about one inch above the hook.
"Tales of Fishes" by Zane Grey
Likewise, the postmaster allows he's been ordered to Wilcox, to straighten out some deepartmental kinks.
"Faro Nell and Her Friends" by Alfred Henry Lewis
Meanwhile we'll get the kinks out of our legs marching to Morristown.
"Rodney, the Ranger" by John V. Lane
They give me the cramp in my thumb, and kinks in my fingers.
"The Two Mittens and the Little Play Mittens" by Frances Elizabeth Barrow
He, looking tired, was thinking of taking a kink of sleep.
"The Seiners" by James B. (James Brendan) Connolly
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In poetry:

Clear your coil of kinkings
Into perfect plaiting,
Locking loops and linkings
Interpenetrating.
"Cats Cradle Song," by James Clerk Maxwell
The julep glass weaves echoes in Jim's kinks
While ashy Jim puts murmurs in the day;
Now in the idiot's heart a chamber stinks
Of dead asters, as the potter's field of May.
"Idiot" by Allen Tate
She's a sturdy little walker and she braves all kinds of weather,
And when the rain or fog or mist drive rival crimps a-wreck,
Her fluffy hair goes curling like a kinked-up ostrich feather
Around her ears and forehead and the white nape of her neck.
"The Summer Girl" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

In news:

I tossed and turned, missed the alarm, rolled over too many times and got a kink in my neck.
Kinks frontman misses Tibet House due to shooting injury.
Jets Overhead interview and live performance in the Bing Lounge at 101.9 KINK.FM.
The Pharmacy Q&A: Seattle rockers on odd jobs, The Kinks and using Kurt Cobain's amp.
Saving is temporarily unavailable as we work through a few kinks in our new recipe design (we hope you like it.
With crankslides all the rage, Kink introduces a grind-friendly two-piece crank set.
FYF Festival works out the kinks.
The mastermind behind Kink.com's "Wired Pussy" and "Public Disgrace" sites finds power in perversion.
Princess Donna chokes out vanilla porno, here in a still from a Kink.com production.
Rebecca Pidgeon interview and live performance in the Bing Lounge at 101.9 KINK.FM.
Reviewing recipes is temporarily unavailable as we work through a few kinks in our new recipe design.
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The East Greenwich Pendulum is currently going through a little transition with our new email account, pendulum@ricentral.com, still working out the kinks with it.
Tips on running your sheets and keeping them kink-free.
Xavier Rudd interview and live performance in the Bing Lounge at 101.9 KINK.FM.
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In science:

Tegmark considers a model in which kink soliton solutions, like those of Sataric et al. , exist in a quantum superposition of different positions along the microtubule.
Quantum Computation in Brain Microtubules? Decoherence and Biological Feasibility
The low-energy excitation associated with such a region is a domain wall (or “kink”).
Dynamics and transport in random quantum systems governed by strong-randomness fixed points
In this paper we restrict the shapes of m(x) to multikink-anti-kink configurations .
Random-Mass Dirac Fermions in an Imaginary Vector Potential (I): Delocalization Transition and Localization Length
We are not able to solve (28) analytically for arbitrary configuration of pairs of kinks.
Random-Mass Dirac Fermions in an Imaginary Vector Potential (I): Delocalization Transition and Localization Length
Before that study, we shall consider the case of Gaussian distribution for distances between kinks in this section.
Random-Mass Dirac Fermions in an Imaginary Vector Potential (I): Delocalization Transition and Localization Length
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