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crick1

[krik]
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noun
  1. a sharp, painful spasm of the muscles, as of the neck or back.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to give a crick or wrench to (the neck, back, etc.).
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Origin of crick1

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

bruise, hurt, strain, crick, wrench, dislocate, sprain

Examples from the Web for cricked

Historical Examples

  • Then she might have flown at such like sympathizers with a poker, or got them down and cricked their joints by Ju-jutsu.

    A Likely Story

    William De Morgan

  • I rose from my knees with a cricked back, but I had my Purple Spot neatly balanced on a really creditable mound.

  • And the hunter came and craned his neck till it was cricked, but nothing he saw to shoot at.

    Bannertail

    Ernest Thompson Seton

  • There were red-winged grasshoppers and great green-gray locust-looking crickets which whistled and "cricked" all night.

    At Suvla Bay

    John Hargrave


British Dictionary definitions for cricked

crick1

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

C15: of uncertain origin

crick2

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

noun
  1. 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 cricked

crick

n.

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

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

cricked in Medicine

crick

(krĭk)
n.
  1. A painful cramp or muscle spasm, as in the back or neck.
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v.
  1. To cause a painful cramp or muscle spasm in by turning or wrenching.
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Crick

(krĭk)Francis Henry Compton 1916-2004
  1. 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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cricked in Science

Crick

[krĭk]
See Note at Rosalind Franklin.
  1. 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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