crick

1
[ krik ]
/ krɪk /

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.).

Origin of crick

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

Definition for crick (2 of 3)

crick

2
[ krik ]
/ krɪk /

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

Definition 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)

crick

1
/ (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)

crick

2
/ (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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Word Origin and History for crick

crick


n.

early 15c., of uncertain origin; OED says "probably onomatopœic."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for crick (1 of 2)

crick

[ krĭk ]

n.

A painful cramp or muscle spasm, as in the back or neck.

v.

To cause a painful cramp or muscle spasm in by turning or wrenching.

Medicine definitions for crick (2 of 2)

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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Science 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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