- a molding or group of moldings between the projecting part of a capital of a column and the shaft.
- necker cube,
- necker, jacques,
- necklace bomb,
Origin of necking
verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of neck
Examples from the Web for necking
So necking the two to my other two hosses I started for Wyoming, ninety miles away.Cowboy Life on the Sidetrack|Frank Benton
He was interrupted in 'necking' bullets, for they were cast in a mold and left a little protuberance where the run left off.The Lincoln Story Book|Henry L. Williams
The reel and bead pattern running along the lower border of the necking represents the lotus stalks.Evolution in Art|Alfred C. Haddon
Bell: That part of the capital of a column which is between the necking below and the abacus above.How to judge architecture|Russell Sturgis
The mouldings of the shaft are carefully stopped below the necking, and above the base.Some Account of Gothic Architecture in Spain|George Edmund Street
- save one's neck to escape from a difficult or dangerous situation
- save someone's neck to help someone else escape from such a situation
Word Origin for neck
1825; see neck (v.).
Old English hnecca "neck, nape, back of the neck" (a fairly rare word) from Proto-Germanic *khnekkon "the nape of the neck" (cf. Old Frisian hnekka, Middle Dutch necke, Dutch nek, Old Norse hnakkr, Old High German hnach, German Nacken "neck"), with no certain cognates outside Germanic, though Klein's sources suggest PIE *knok- "high point, ridge" (cf. Old Irish cnocc, Welsh cnwch, Old Breton cnoch "hill").
The more usual Old English words were hals (the general Germanic word, cf. Gothic, Old Norse, Danish, Swedish, Dutch, German hals), cognate with Latin collum (see collar (n.)); and swira, probably also from a PIE root meaning "column" (cf. Sanskrit svaru- "post").
Transferred senses attested from c.1400. Phrase neck of the woods (American English) is attested from 1780 in the sense of "narrow stretch of woods;" 1839 with meaning "settlement in a wooded region." To stick one's neck out "take a risk" is first recorded 1919, American English. Horses running neck and neck is attested from 1799.
"to kiss, embrace, caress," 1825 (implied in necking) in northern England dialect, from neck (n.). Cf. Middle English halsen "to embrace or caress affectionately, to fondle sexually," from hals (n.) "neck." Earlier, neck as a verb meant "to kill by a strike on the neck" (mid-15c.). Related: Necked.
In addition to the idioms beginning with neck
- neck and neck
- neck of the woods
- albatross around one's neck
- break one's back (neck)
- breathe down someone's neck
- dead from the neck up
- millstone around one's neck
- pain in the neck
- risk life and limb (one's neck)
- save someone's bacon (neck)
- stick one's neck out
- up to one's ears (neck)