The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Neck \Neck\ (n[e^]k), n. [OE. necke, AS. hnecca; akin to D. nek
the nape of the neck, G. nacken, OHG. nacch, hnacch, Icel.
hnakki, Sw. nacke, Dan. nakke.]
1. The part of an animal which connects the head and the
trunk, and which, in man and many other animals, is more
slender than the trunk.
2. Any part of an inanimate object corresponding to or
resembling the neck of an animal; as:
(a) The long slender part of a vessel, as a retort, or of
a fruit, as a gourd.
(b) A long narrow tract of land projecting from the main
body, or a narrow tract connecting two larger tracts.
(c) (Mus.) That part of a violin, guitar, or similar
instrument, which extends from the head to the body,
and on which is the finger board or fret board.
3. (Mech.) A reduction in size near the end of an object,
formed by a groove around it; as, a neck forming the
journal of a shaft.
4. (Bot.) the point where the base of the stem of a plant
arises from the root.
Neck and crop, completely; wholly; altogether; roughly and
at once. [Colloq.]
Neck and neck (Racing), so nearly equal that one cannot be
said to be before the other; very close; even; side by
Neck of a capital. (Arch.) See Gorgerin.
Neck of a cascabel (Gun.), the part joining the knob to the
base of the breech.
Neck of a gun, the small part of the piece between the
chase and the swell of the muzzle.
Neck of a tooth (Anat.), the constriction between the root
and the crown.
Neck or nothing (Fig.), at all risks.
(a) The verse formerly read to entitle a party to the
benefit of clergy, said to be the first verse of the
fifty-first Psalm, "Miserere mei," etc. --Sir W.
(b) Hence, a verse or saying, the utterance of which
decides one's fate; a shibboleth.
These words, "bread and cheese," were their neck
verse or shibboleth to distinguish them; all
pronouncing "broad and cause," being presently
put to death. --Fuller.
(a) A bar by which the end of the tongue of a wagon or
carriage is suspended from the collars of the
(b) A device with projecting arms for carrying things (as
buckets of water or sap) suspended from one's
On the neck of, immediately after; following closely; on
the heel of. "Committing one sin on the neck of another."
Stiff neck, obstinacy in evil or wrong; inflexible
obstinacy; contumacy. "I know thy rebellion, and thy stiff
neck." --Deut. xxxi. 27.
To break the neck of, to destroy the main force of; to
break the back of. "What they presume to borrow from her
sage and virtuous rules . . . breaks the neck of their own
To harden the neck, to grow obstinate; to be more and more
perverse and rebellious. --Neh. ix. 17.
To tread on the neck of, to oppress; to tyrannize over.