|1.||the part of an organism connecting the head with the rest of the bodyRelated: cervical, jugular|
|2.||the part of a garment around or nearest the neck|
|3.||something resembling a neck in shape or position: the neck of a bottle|
|4.||anatomy a constricted portion of an organ or part, such as the cervix of the uterus|
|5.||a narrow or elongated projecting strip of land; a peninsula or isthmus|
|6.||a strait or channel|
|7.||the part of a violin, cello, etc, that extends from the body to the tuning pegs and supports the fingerboard|
|8.||a solid block of lava from the opening of an extinct volcano, exposed after erosion of the surrounding rock|
|9.||botany the upper, usually tubular, part of the archegonium of mosses, ferns, etc|
|10.||the length of a horse's head and neck taken as an approximate distance by which one horse beats another in a race: to win by a neck|
|11.||informal a short distance, amount, or margin: he is always a neck ahead in new techniques|
|12.||informal impudence; audacity: he had the neck to ask for a rise|
|13.||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|
|14.||another name for beard, on printer's type|
|15.||informal break one's neck to exert oneself greatly, esp by hurrying, in order to do something|
|16.||slang (Irish), (Scot) by the neck (of a bottle of beer) served unpoured: give me two bottles of stout by the neck|
|17.||informal get it in the neck to be reprimanded or punished severely|
|18.||neck and neck absolutely level or even in a race or competition|
|19.||informal neck of the woods an area or locality: a quiet neck of the woods|
|20.||risk one's neck to take a great risk|
|a. save one's neck to escape from a difficult or dangerous situation|
|b. save someone's neck to help someone else escape from such a situation|
|22.||informal stick one's neck out to risk criticism, ridicule, failure, etc, by speaking one's mind|
|23.||up to one's neck in deeply involved in: he's up to his neck in dodgy dealings|
|24.||informal (intr) to kiss, embrace, or fondle someone or one another passionately|
|25.||informal (Brit) (tr) to swallow (something, esp a drink): he's been necking pints all night|
|Related: cervical, jugular|
|[Old English hnecca; related to Old High German hnack, Old Irish cnocc hill]|
The part of the body joining the head to the shoulders or trunk.
A narrow or constricted part of a structure, as of a bone or an organ, that joins its parts; a cervix.
The part of a tooth between the crown and the root.
used sometimes figuratively. To "lay down the neck" (Rom. 16:4) is to hazard one's life. Threatenings of coming judgments are represented by the prophets by their laying bands upon the people's necks (Deut. 28:48; Isa. 10:27; Jer. 27:2). Conquerors put their feet on the necks of their enemies as a sign of their subjection (Josh. 10:24; 2 Sam. 22:41).
neck of the woods
A neighborhood or region, as in He's one of the wealthiest men in our neck of the woods. Originally (mid-1800s) alluding to a forest settlement, this colloquial term is now used more loosely, for urban as well as rural locales.