a twist or curl, as in a thread, rope, wire, or hair, caused by its doubling or bending upon itself: The kink in the hose was restricting the water flow.
a muscular stiffness or soreness, as in the neck or back: The kink in my neck was making it difficult to turn my head at all.
a flaw or imperfection likely to hinder the successful operation of something, such as a machine or plan: There are still a few kinks to be worked out of the design before we start production.
unconventional sexual preferences or behavior collectively.
a particular sexual preference or behavior that is unconventional.
a person characterized by such preferences or behavior; kinkster.
a mental twist; notion; whim.
to form or cause to form a twist or curl, as in a rope: The high tensile steel wire ensures the product will not kink in the sharpest bend.
- un·kink, verb
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How to use kink in a sentence
Musk acknowledged that not all of the kinks have been worked out of the planned battery improvements.Tesla lays out path to an electric car cheap enough for most people | dzanemorris | September 23, 2020 | Fortune
While Apple is still working through some kinks that have allowed third-party cookies to work in some instances when the feature is switched on, all browsers on iOS and iPad OS will have ITP switched on by the end of the year.Apple’s latest anti-tracking changes present fresh headache for publishers | Lara O'Reilly | September 21, 2020 | Digiday
This, combined with the fact that you’re yanking on random stuff, causes kinks in the cable, which make it even less friendly to wind.
Despite some kinks, the text predictor is already really good.What the commoditization of search engine technology with GPT-3 means for Google and SEO | Manick Bhan | August 21, 2020 | Search Engine Watch
The story doesn’t quite end there though, because stellar history has some curious kinks in it, associated with the actual formation of stars in the first place.The Universe Has Made Almost All the Stars It Will Ever Make - Issue 89: The Dark Side | Caleb Scharf | August 19, 2020 | Nautilus
Indeed--she has helped educate the world on the titillating culture of kink.
In 2011, Rihanna vocalized her own taste for kink in her hit single SM.
On the one hand, she was anxious about her colleagues knowing about her kink.
Those needs varied depending on where respondents were in the kink universe.
Sometimes she sees clients who are ambivalent about their kink identities.
Every pull in the shoulders, every hitch in the back, every kink in the sleeves makes me a profound materialist.The Soldier of the Valley | Nelson Lloyd
There resulted a kink in his nature, a contradiction that appears repeatedly, not only in his life, but in his writings.The Letters of Ambrose Bierce | Ambrose Bierce
He stood up straight, throwing back his shoulders to take the kink out of them.Red Pepper Burns | Grace S. Richmond
Short by comparison with the English cat, thin throughout, a little thicker towards the base, without any break or kink.Our Cats and All About Them | Harrison Weir
First the pack, as packs sometimes will for no visible reason, developed a kink that galled his shoulders obstinately.The Backwoodsmen | Charles G. D. Roberts
British Dictionary definitions for kink
a sharp twist or bend in a wire, rope, hair, etc, esp one caused when it is pulled tight
a crick in the neck or similar muscular spasm
a flaw or minor difficulty in some undertaking or project
a flaw or idiosyncrasy of personality; quirk
British informal a sexual deviation
US a clever or unusual idea
to form or cause to form a kink
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