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[goos-nek] /ˈgusˌnɛk/
a curved object resembling the neck of a goose, often of flexible construction, as in the shaft of a gooseneck lamp.
Nautical. a curved piece at the foot of a boom, attached to a mast by a vertical pivot and itself having a horizontal pivot so that the boom can be pointed in a wide angle vertically or horizontally.
Carpentry. a vertical continuation of the handrail of a flight of stairs, terminating in a short horizontal part on the top of a newel post.
1680-90; goose + neck
Related forms
goosenecked, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for gooseneck
  • There is also a fetal skull with a flexible gooseneck wire.
  • The trunk floor and sides are finished, but the gooseneck hinges can crush items if packed too tightly.
  • The entangling line has a heavy growth of gooseneck barnacles making it appear even larger.
  • Install gooseneck of sufficient length to preclude any possibility of failure due to settlement.
  • Bidder to provide and install gooseneck microphone at lectern, lavaliere, and handheld microphones.
British Dictionary definitions for gooseneck


(nautical) a pivot between the forward end of a boom and a mast, to allow the boom to swing freely
something in the form of a neck of a goose
Derived Forms
goosenecked, adjective
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