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

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. the part of body connecting the head and the trunk found in humans and some animals
  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. the extension of any stringed instrument on which a fingerboard is mounted


the part of body connecting the head and the trunk found in humans and some animals
the part of a shirt, dress, etc., which fits a persons neck
the tapered part of a bottle toward the opening
  • Albanian: qafë
  • Bosnian: grlo
  • Catalan: coll , broc
  • Croatian: grlo
  • Czech: hrdlo
  • Danish: hals
  • Finnish: kaula
  • French: goulot
  • Hungarian: nyak
  • Kurdish:
  • Romanian: gât
  • Russian: горлышко (górlyško)
  • Serbian:
    Cyrillic: грло
    Roman: grlo
  • Slovene: vrat
  • Swedish: hals
the extension of any stringed instrument on which a fingerboard is mounted
  • Albanian: qafë
  • Danish: hals
  • Finnish: kaula
  • Hungarian: nyak
  • Russian: гриф
translations to be checked

Related terms


  1. To make out; to snog; to intently kiss or cuddle.
    Alan and Betty were necking in the back of a car when Betty's dad caught them.


Extensive Definition

The neck is the part of the body on many limbed vertebrates that distinguishes the head from the torso or trunk.

Anatomy of the human neck

Bony anatomy: The cervical spine

The cervical portion of the human spine comprises seven bony segments, typically referred to as C-1 to C-7, with cartilaginous discs between each vertebral body. The neck supports the weight of the head and protects the nerves that carry sensory and motor information from the brain down to the rest of the body. In addition, the neck is highly flexible and allows the head to turn and flex in all directions. From top to bottom the cervical spine is gently curved in convex-forward fashion. It is the least marked of all the curves of the column.

Soft tissue anatomy

In the middle line below the chin can be felt the body of the hyoid bone, just below which is the prominence of the thyroid cartilage called "Adam's apple," better marked in men than in women. Still lower the cricoid cartilage is easily felt, while between this and the suprasternal notch the trachea and isthmus of the thyroid gland may be made out. At the side the outline of the sternomastoid muscle is the most striking mark; it divides the anterior triangle of the neck from the posterior. The upper part of the former contains the submaxillary gland also known as the parotid glands, which lies just below the posterior half of the body of the jaw. The line of the common and the external carotid arteries may be marked by joining the sterno-clavicular articulation to the angle of the jaw.
The eleventh or spinal accessory nerve corresponds to a line drawn from a point midway between the angle of the jaw and the mastoid process to the middle of the posterior border of the sterno-mastoid muscle and thence across the posterior triangle to the deep surface of the trapezius. The external jugular vein can usually be seen through the skin; it runs in a line drawn from the angle of the jaw to the middle of the clavicle, and close to it are some small lymphatic glands. The anterior jugular vein is smaller, and runs down about half an inch from the middle line of the neck. The clavicle or collar-bone forms the lower limit of the neck, and laterally the outward slope of the neck to the shoulder is caused by the trapezius muscle.

Neck pain

Disorders of the neck are a common source of pain. The neck has a great deal of functionality but is also subject to a lot of stress. Common sources of neck pain (and related pain syndromes, such as pain that radiates down the arm) include:

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neck in Arabic: رقبة
neck in Aymara: Kunka
neck in Catalan: Coll (anatomia)
neck in Chuvash: Мăй
neck in Czech: Krk
neck in Danish: Hals
neck in German: Hals
neck in Estonian: Kael
neck in Spanish: Cuello
neck in Esperanto: Kolo
neck in Basque: Lepo
neck in French: Cou
neck in Scottish Gaelic: Amhach
neck in Korean: 목
neck in Italian: Collo
neck in Hebrew: צוואר
neck in Latin: Collum
neck in Lithuanian: Kaklas
neck in Dutch: Nek (anatomie)
neck in Norwegian Nynorsk: Hals
neck in Pangasinan: Bekleo
neck in Polish: Szyja
neck in Portuguese: Pescoço
neck in Quechua: Kunka
neck in Russian: Шея
neck in Albanian: Qafa
neck in Slovak: Krk
neck in Finnish: Kaula
neck in Swedish: Hals
neck in Thai: คอ
neck in Walloon: Hatrea
neck in Yiddish: גענאק
neck in Chinese: 頸

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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