- a sharp, painful spasm of the muscles, as of the neck or back.
- to give a crick or wrench to (the neck, back, etc.).
Origin of crick1
1400–50; late Middle English crikke, perhaps akin to crick2
- Francis Harry Compton,1916–2004, English biophysicist: Nobel Prize in Medicine 1962.
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Examples from the Web for crick
Crick also questioned the authenticity of another piece, “A Hanging.”Orwell’s Lies: His Diaries Reveal Problems with the Truth
August 19, 2012
"Come down to the crick with me after tea, and I'll explain," said Will.The Raid From Beausejour; And How The Carter Boys Lifted The Mortgage
Charles G. D. Roberts
Mr. Moss was disentangling the crick in his back for the last time that day.The Law-Breakers
Sounds like somebody slappin' the crick with a fishin'-pole.The Duke Of Chimney Butte
G. W. Ogden
I disremember just how fur that last stop is from the Crick, but I think it's betwixt 25 and 30 mile.Si Klegg, Book 5 (of 6)
There was a crick in his neck, but he decided he could stand it.Out Like a Light
Gordon Randall Garrett
- a painful muscle spasm or cramp, esp in the neck or back
- (tr) to cause a crick in (the neck, back, etc)
C15: of uncertain origin
- US and Canadian a dialect word for creek (def. 2)
- Francis Harry Compton. 1916–2004, English molecular biologist: helped to discover the helical structure of DNA; Nobel prize for physiology or medicine shared with James Watson and Maurice Wilkins 1962
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Word Origin and History for crick
early 15c., of uncertain origin; OED says "probably onomatopœic."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A painful cramp or muscle spasm, as in the back or neck.
- To cause a painful cramp or muscle spasm in by turning or wrenching.
Crick(krĭk)Francis Henry Compton 1916-2004
- British biologist who with James D. Watson proposed a spiral model, the double helix, for the molecular structure of DNA. He shared a 1962 Nobel Prize for advances in the study of genetics.
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- British biologist who with James D. Watson identified the structure of DNA in 1953. By analyzing the patterns cast by x-rays striking DNA molecules, they found that DNA has the structure of a double helix, consisting of two spirals linked together at the base, forming ladderlike rungs. For this work they shared the 1962 Nobel Prize for physiology or medicine with Maurice Wilkins.
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