gooseneck

[goos-nek]
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noun

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 formsgoose·necked, adjective
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gooseneck

noun

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 Formsgoosenecked, adjective
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