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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.
Origin of gooseneck
First recorded in 1680-90; goose + neck
Related forms
goosenecked, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for gooseneck
Historical Examples
  • Next, the gooseneck of the truss, on which it pivoted, smashed away.

  • Brad reached out to extend the gooseneck of the mike toward him.

    Spillthrough Daniel F. Galouye
  • The blinds were down, only the table lamps on, and a gooseneck over where the men counted.

  • Then the gooseneck on the staysail broke, and as we have no other, we patched it up with ropes.

  • Then a series of choking gurgles and a rush of air came through the gooseneck.

    Double Challenge James Arthur Kjelgaard
  • Lighting is accomplished by the use of gooseneck lamps, floodlights, or a spotlight.

    The Science of Fingerprints Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • At the present moment the Snark trails her mainsail like a broken wing, the gooseneck being replaced by a rough lashing.

  • Twisting the gooseneck in his hand, Brad sucked in a deep breath and blew it out in a rush.

    Spillthrough Daniel F. Galouye
  • The kerosene can I set over the lamp, and to its nose I affixed a snout, and into the snout the bone that was like a gooseneck.

    The Faith of Men Jack London
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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