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neck

1. the part of an organism connecting the head with the rest of the body
2. Anatomy a constricted portion of an organ or part, such as the cervix of the uterus
3. a narrow or elongated projecting strip of land; a peninsula or isthmus
4. a strait or channel
5. the part of a violin, cello, etc., that extends from the body to the tuning pegs and supports the fingerboard
6. a solid block of lava from the opening of an extinct volcano, exposed after erosion of the surrounding rock
7. Botany the upper, usually tubular, part of the archegonium of mosses, ferns, etc.
8. the length of a horse's head and neck taken as an approximate distance by which one horse beats another in a race
9. Architect the narrow band at the top of the shaft of a column between the necking and the capital, esp as used in the Tuscan order

Neck

In the Classical orders, the space between the bottom of the capital and the top of the shaft, usually marked by a sinkage, or a ring of moldings.

Neck

 

the part of the body between the head and the trunk in man and land vertebrates. The neck is responsible for the mobility of the head, permits orientation in space, and facilitates the grasping of food, defense, and attack.

The framework of the neck consists of cervical vertebrae. The neck muscles are primarily modified portions of the truncal musculature. In amniotes, a compressor of the neck has developed— a derivative of the voluntary visceral musculature. The neck contains the initial sections of the respiratory system (larynx, trachea) and digestive system (pharynx, some salivary glands, part of the esophagus), several blood vessels (for example, the carotid arteries and jugular veins) and lymphatic vessels, the thyroid and parathyroid glands, and nerves. The initial segment of the spinal cord lies in the cerebrospinal canal, enclosed by arches of the cervical vertebrae.

In amphibians, the neck is not outwardly noticeable (there is only one vertebra), and the head can move only up and down and a little to the sides. In amniotes, the cervical portion has several vertebrae, and the development of the atlas and epistropheus (axis) enables the head to bend and rotate. In birds, the number of cervical vertebrae varies from nine to 25, and the combination of their movements makes it possible for some birds to rotate their heads 270° in one direction. In mammals, the cervical portion, regardless of the length of the neck, usually contains seven vertebrae. This is also true of the whale, whose neck is not outwardly separate, and of the giraffe. In the case of secondary limitation of neck mobility, the vertebrae of the cervical segment fuse (in cetaceans, armadillos, jerboas, and some other animals).

What does it mean when you dream about a neck?

To “protect one’s neck” is to not get caught at doing something in secret or to participate in a situation where one’s actions could be condemned. Often the phrase “don’t stick your neck out” is said as an admonishment. “Necking” describes romantic physical expressions of kissing, hugging, and overt passion arising aroused from the erogenous zones in the neck.

neck

[nek]
(anatomy)
The usually constricted communicating column between the head and trunk of the vertebrate body.
(engineering)
The part of a furnace where the flame is contracted before reaching the stack.
(geography)
A narrow strip of land, especially one connecting two larger areas.
(geology)
(metallurgy)
In a tensile test, that portion of the metal at which fracture is imminent during the later stages of plastic deformation in a tensile test.
(oceanography)
The narrow band of water forming the part of a rip current where feeder currents converge and flow swiftly through the incoming breakers and out to the head.

neck

1. In the classical orders, the space between the bottom of the capital and the top of the shaft, which is marked by a sinkage or a ring of moldings.
2. A section of the branch duct that connects an air diffuser with the main supply duct.
References in classic literature ?
Slowly, I scratched about his ears and neck and down beneath the fierce jaws.
All I ask is, that you will choose your opportunity discreetly, and that you will not allow my niece to suppose that her neck is the object of a gentleman's inspection.
I've seen a good many little girls in my time, but never ONE with such a neck as that
The cord was placed round the Jew's neck, and his feet had already ceased to touch the ground when the voice of the tailor was heard beseeching the executioner to pause one moment and to listen to what he had to say.
The guide now led the elephant out of the thicket, and leaped upon his neck.
I believe if I were to break my neck, he would feel it the greatest misfortune that could befall him, and yet it seems a pleasure to him to make my life a series of petty annoyances.
I would fain establish a right, Natty, to the honor of this death; and surely if the hit in the neck be mine it is enough; for the shot in the heart was unnecessary—what we call an act of supererogation, Leather-Stocking.
Come back and put me on your neck, misborn mountain
His neck ached horribly; his brain was on fire, his heart, which had been fluttering faintly, gave a great leap, trying to force itself out at his mouth.
As quick as lightning the man's head shot forward and his neck stretched out until the top of the head, where it was flat, struck the Scarecrow in the middle and sent him tumbling, over and over, down the hill.
Phoebus again profited by the opportunity to impress upon her beautiful bent neck a kiss which made the young girl straighten herself up as scarlet as a poppy.
I looked, and there he held a cross, just taken off his own neck, evidently, a large tin one, made after the Byzantine pattern.