• "The fawn caught hold of its mother, clasping her neck."
    "The fawn caught hold of its mother, clasping her neck."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v neck kiss, embrace, or fondle with sexual passion "The couple were necking in the back seat of the car"
    • n neck an opening in a garment for the neck of the wearer; a part of the garment near the wearer's neck
    • n neck a narrow part of an artifact that resembles a neck in position or form "the banjo had a long neck","the bottle had a wide neck"
    • n neck the part of an organism (human or animal) that connects the head to the rest of the body "he admired her long graceful neck","the horse won by a neck"
    • n neck a cut of meat from the neck of an animal
    • n neck a narrow elongated projecting strip of land
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Trying to Save his Neck. 30 Trying to Save his Neck. 30
Take Your Arm from Around That Yank's Neck 203 Take Your Arm from Around That Yank's Neck 203
She put both arms around his neck and kissed him She put both arms around his neck and kissed him
two men in turbans and what looks like a brahma cow with a flowered wreath around its neck two men in turbans and what looks like a brahma cow with a flowered wreath around its neck

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: More than $1 billion is spent each year on neck ties in the United States
    • Neck A long narrow tract of land projecting from the main body, or a narrow tract connecting two larger tracts.
    • Neck (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.
    • Neck Any part of an inanimate object corresponding to or resembling the neck of an animal
    • Neck 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.
    • Neck The long slender part of a vessel, as a retort, or of a fruit, as a gourd.
    • Neck 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.
    • Neck (Bot) the point where the base of the stem of a plant arises from the root.
    • v. t Neck (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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Giraffes and humans have the same amount of vertebrae in their necks.
    • n neck That part of an animal's body which is between the head and the trunk and connects these parts. In every vertebrate the neck corresponds in extent to the cervical vertebræ, when such are distinguishable. It is usually narrower or more slender than the parts between which It extends. See cuts under muscle.
    • n neck Figuratively life, from the breaking or severing of the neck in legal executions: as, to risk one's neck; to save one's neck.
    • n neck In entomology:
    • n neck The membrane connecting the hard parts of an insect's head with those of the thorax, and visible only when the head is forcibly drawn out.
    • n neck The posterior part of the head when this is suddenly narrowed behind the eyes.
    • n neck A slender anterior prolongation of the prothorax found in certain Diptera and Hymenoptera.
    • n neck In anatomy, a constricted part, or constriction of a part, like or likened to a neck: as, the neck of the thigh-bone; the neck of the bladder; the neck of the uterus. See cut under femur.
    • n neck The flesh of the neck and adjoining parts: as, a neck of mutton.
    • n neck That part of a thing which corresponds to or resembles the neck of an animal.
    • n neck That part of a garment which covers the neck: as, the high neck of a gown.
    • n neck The slender upper part of any vessel which has a larger rounded body: as, the neck of a bottle, retort, etc.
    • n neck In stringed musical instruments of the viol and lute families, the long slender part extending upward from the body, culminating in the head where the tension is regulated, and bearing in front the finger-board over which the strings (or such of them as are to be stopped) are stretched.
    • n neck The part of an axle that passes through the hub of the wheel; also, a diminished part of any shaft resting in a hearing.
    • n neck The round shank connecting the blade and the socket of a bayonet.
    • n neck The constricted part joining the knob to the breech of a gun.
    • n neck The contracted part of a furnace over the bridge, between the stack and the heating- or melting-chamber.
    • n neck In printing, the slope between the face and the shoulder of a type. Sometimes called beard.
    • n neck In botany:
    • n neck In mosses, the collum or tapering base of the capsule.
    • n neck In histology, the rim or wall of the archegonium which projects above the prothallium. It rests upon the venter, and is ordinarily composed of four longitudinal rows of cells.
    • n neck The filled-up pipe or channel through which volcanic material has found its way upward. In modern volcanic areas the vent through which the lava, cinders, or ashes are ejected and reach the surface is generally concealed from view by the accumulated material which has been thrown out. In eruptive regions belonging to the older geological systems denudation has occasionally removed the overlying debris, so that the connection of the volcanic orifice with the more deep-seated regions can be seen and examined. This is particularly the case in the Carboniferous and Permian volcanic areas of Scotland.
    • n neck In the clamp process of brickmaking, one of a series of walls of unburned bricks which together constitute a clamp. The walls are built three bricks thick, about sixty long, and from twenry-four to thirty high, and incline inward against a central upright wall. The sides and top are cased with burned bricks. Encyc. Brit., IV. 281.
    • n neck A small bundle of the best ears of a wheatharvest, used in the ceremony of “crying the neck.”
    • n neck As a geographical designation, a corner or triangular district: as, Penn's Neck.
    • n neck In surgery, a weak point in the shaft of the bone, a little below the tuberosities: so called from the frequency of fracture at this point.
    • neck To strangle or behead.
    • neck To bend down or break off by force of the wind: said of ears of corn.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Mice, whales, elephants, giraffes and man all have seven neck vertebra.
    • n Neck nek the part of an animal's body between the head and trunk: anything that resembles the neck: a long narrow part or corner:
    • v.t Neck to break the neck or cut off the head
    • n Neck nek (fig.) life: the flesh of the neck and adjoining parts
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  • Coco Chanel
    “Nothing goes out of fashion sooner than a long dress with a very low neck.”
  • Chinese Proverb
    Chinese Proverb
    “Man is the head of the family, woman the neck that turns the head.”
  • George Eliot
    “Would not love see returning penitence afar off, and fall on its neck and kiss it?”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “What you THINK about reveals what you ARE. Sometimes we need to do a check-up from the neck-up.”
  • James B. Conant
    James B. Conant
    “Behold the turtle. He makes progress only when he sticks his neck out.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “A turtle makes progress when it sticks its neck out”


Albatross around your neck - An albatross around, or round, your neck is a problem resulting from something you did that stops you from being successful.
Brass neck - (UK) Someone who has the brass neck to do something has no sense of shame about what they do.
Breathe down your neck - If someone follows you or examines what you're doing very closely, they are breathing down your neck.
Dead from the neck up - Someone who's dead from the neck up is very stupid indeed.
Get it in the neck - (UK) If you get it in the neck, you are punished or criticised for something.
Millstone round your neck - A millstone around your neck is a problem that prevents you from doing what you want to do.
Neck and neck - If two competitors or candidates, etc, are neck and neck, then they are very close and neither is clearly winning.
Neck of the woods - If someone talks about their neck of the woods, they mean the area where they live.
Pain in the neck - If someone is very annoying and always disturbing you, they are a pain in the neck. Pain in the butt, or pain in the ass (USA), and Pain in the arse (UK) are less polite alternative forms.
Stick your neck out - If you stick you neck out, you take a risk because you believe in something.
Stiff-necked - A stiff-necked person is rather formal and finds it hard to relax in company.
Take by the scruff of the neck - If you take something by the scruff on the neck, you take complete control of it.
Up to the neck - If someone's in something up to the neck, they are very involved in it, especially when it's something wrong.
Up to your neck - If someone is very involved in something, they are up to their neck in it, especially if it is something bad or immoral.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. necke, AS. hnecca,; akin to D. nek, the nape of the neck, G. nacken, OHG. nacch, hnacch, Icel. hnakki, Sw. nacke, Dan. nakke,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. hnecca; Ger. nacken.


In literature:

With most large subjects another cut from the shoulders up the back of the neck is necessary.
"Home Taxidermy for Pleasure and Profit" by Albert B. Farnham
Very rarely chorea may be found to affect one of the fore legs, or the muscles of one side of the neck or the upper part of the neck.
"Special Report on Diseases of the Horse" by United States Department of Agriculture
It is not unfrequent that young men are seen with dirty ears and neck.
"Searchlights on Health: Light on Dark Corners" by B.G. Jefferis
He enjoyed the "rough necks," the men who did the actual building of the road.
"Still Jim" by Honoré Willsie Morrow
Bursting with curiosity, excitement and importance, Johnnie very nearly broke his neck between his own door and the brick pave.
"The Rich Little Poor Boy" by Eleanor Gates
In walking the head is carried low, and the neck is short.
"The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication, Vol. I." by Charles Darwin
He laughed to himself at the sight of the stubby, short-necked man in his rage.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
He'd go to sleep, but would be sure to get a crick in his neck.
"Black Oxen" by Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
Katherine knelt beside him, put her arms around his neck, and cried for both of them.
"The Manxman A Novel - 1895" by Hall Caine
Meanwhile the other lynx, springing for her neck, had experienced the unexpected.
"The Watchers of the Trails" by Charles G. D. Roberts

In poetry:

So sweet, the white rose on her neck
Was not more fair than she,
As silently her soft brown eyes
Looked outward o'er the sea.
"The Knight Of Normandy" by Marietta Holley
"Say if you saw him sink!" she cried,
Wildly to Susan pale and wan:
When quick her roving eye descried,
The tall neck of her favourite Swan.
"The Swan" by William Hayley
No father's door was open flung
For him, just "rescued from the wreck";
No sister clasped her arms and hung,
In speechless joy, around his neck;
"Hymns For Dedication VIII" by John Pierpont
"A lover's heart it quickly cools;
In mine it kindles up enough rage
To wring their necks. How can such fools
Ask men to vote for woman suffrage?"
"The First Fan" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
God shall not take from me that hour,
When round my neck her white arms clung!
When 'neath my lips, like some fierce flower,
Her white throat swung!
"The Vampire" by Madison Julius Cawein
And shivers and sobs,
With lab'ring throbs,
With its whirls my strong palms play'd.
I parted my flags,
For thirsty stags,
On the necks of arches laid.
"The Ghosts Of The Trees" by Isabella Valancy Crawford

In news:

If primary results are any indication, the race for probate judge in St Joseph County on Nov 6 may go neck-and-neck to the finish.
Not every race shared the same neck-to-neck pace of the presidential race on election night.
Sonny Landreth, perhaps the best slide guitarist going (or at least neck-and-neck with Derek Trucks), also is one of the instrument's more elegant protagonists.
Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama have been neck and neck in the Democratic race for months now, and on April 1, Clinton made an offer to end all the drama.
Republican, Democrat neck and neck.
Whiplash -a soft tissue injury to the neck-is also called neck sprain or neck strain.
The race for the White House is unquestionably neck and neck.
Heading toward the final week of a long campaign, President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney are locked in a neck-and-neck contest, with Obama scrapping like a challenger and Romney campaigning like a president.
Neck and Neck, Headed for Home.
As Tuesday turns into Wednesday, incumbent US Rep Dan Benishek, R-Crystal Falls, and challenger Gary McDowell, D-Rudyard, are in a neck-and-neck race.
Romney, Gingrich suddenly 'neck and neck' in South Carolina.
Numbers show Owens, Doheny neck-and-neck .

In science:

More generally, for the solutions with intersection dimensionality p ≥ 2, we expect to be able to have a skinny neck, but if p ≤ 1, we expect a fat neck.
Baldness/delocalization in intersecting brane systems
As the nonwetting fluid is pumped into the system (a) the menisci move into narrower parts of the pore necks and the capillary pressure increases (b).
A Numerical Study of Capillary and Viscous Drainage in Porous Media
This is more than enough for a simple modeling job, and it is clear that CPU time is not the bottle neck.
The Starlab Environment for Dense Stellar Systems
N s,t is a compact SL m-fold with phase eiθs in (M , J s , ω s , Ωs ) diffeomorphic to X1#X2 , constructed by gluing a Law lor neck L±,tm into X1 ∪ X2 at x.
Special Lagrangian submanifolds with isolated conical singularities. V. Survey and applications
At the start of a sinter process, any two particles which are initially touching develop a thin “neck” which, as time evolves, grows in size to form a more developed bond.
Conformal mapping methods for interfacial dynamics