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crick

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[ krik ]
/ krɪk /
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noun
a sharp, painful spasm of the muscles, as of the neck or back.
verb (used with object)
to give a crick or wrench to (the neck, back, etc.).
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Origin of crick

1
1400–50; late Middle English crikke, perhaps akin to crick2

Other definitions for crick (2 of 3)

crick2
[ krik ]
/ krɪk /

noun Northern, North Midland, and Western U.S.

Other definitions for crick (3 of 3)

Crick
[ krik ]
/ krɪk /

noun
Francis Harry Compton, 1916–2004, English biophysicist: Nobel Prize in Medicine 1962.
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British Dictionary definitions for crick (1 of 3)

crick1
/ (krɪk) informal /

noun
a painful muscle spasm or cramp, esp in the neck or back
verb
(tr) to cause a crick in (the neck, back, etc)

Word Origin for crick

C15: of uncertain origin

British Dictionary definitions for crick (2 of 3)

crick2
/ (krɪk) /

noun
US and Canadian a dialect word for creek (def. 2)

British Dictionary definitions for crick (3 of 3)

Crick
/ (krɪk) /

noun
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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Scientific definitions for crick

Crick
[ krĭk ]
Francis Harry Compton 1916-2004

See Note at Rosalind Franklin.
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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