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

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gooseneck (ˈɡuːsˌnɛk)
1.  nautical a pivot between the forward end of a boom and a mast, to allow the boom to swing freely
2.  something in the form of a neck of a goose

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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.
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