Definition of Crick

1. Noun. A painful muscle spasm especially in the neck or back ('rick' and 'wrick' are British).

Exact synonyms: Kink, Rick, Wrick
Geographical relationships: Britain, Great Britain, U.k., Uk, United Kingdom, United Kingdom Of Great Britain And Northern Ireland
Generic synonyms: Cramp, Muscle Spasm, Spasm
Derivative terms: Rick, Wrick

2. Verb. Twist (a body part) into a strained position. "Crick your neck"
Generic synonyms: Twist

3. Noun. English biochemist who (with Watson in 1953) helped discover the helical structure of DNA (1916-2004).
Exact synonyms: Francis Crick, Francis Henry Compton Crick
Generic synonyms: Biochemist

Definition of Crick

1. n. The creaking of a door, or a noise resembling it.

2. n. A painful, spasmodic affection of the muscles of some part of the body, as of the neck or back, rendering it difficult to move the part.

Definition of Crick

1. Proper noun. A village in Northamptonshire, England ¹

2. Proper noun. A habitational surname derived from the placename ¹

3. Proper noun. Francis Crick co-discoverer of the structure of DNA ¹

4. Noun. A painful muscular cramp or spasm of some part of the body, as of the neck or back, making it difficult to move the part affected. (Compare catch.) ¹

5. Noun. A small jackscrew. ¹

6. Verb. to violently spasm. ¹

7. Noun. (Appalachian) (alternative form of creek) ¹

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Definition of Crick

1. to cause a spasm of the neck [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Crick

1. Francis H.C., British biochemist and Nobel laureate, *1916. See: Watson-Crick helix. (05 Mar 2000)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Crick

Creutzfeld Jacob disease
Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease
Crex crex
Cricetus cricetus
Crichton-Browne's sign
Crigler-Najjar disease
Crigler-Najjar syndrome
Crile's clamp
Crimea-Congo hemorrhagic fever
Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever
Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever virus
Crimean Tatar

Literary usage of Crick

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1. Geological Magazine by Henry Woodward (1898)
"By GC crick, FGS, etc. 8vo; pp. 103. (London, 1898; printed by order of the ... The interesting discovery by Mr. crick, however, of the impression of the ..."

2. Memoirs of Charles Mathews, Comedian by Mathews (Anne Jackson), Anne Mathews, Charles Mathews (1839)
"Charles and I, therefore, took a reluctant leave of our dear patient, leaving him prepared to depart from crick also in a couple of days after ; previous to ..."

3. Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Court of Common Pleas: And by Great Britain Court of Common Pleas, William Pyle Taunton, Great Britain Courts (1823)
"By these instruments, it for securing an appeared that crick had contracted with. ... After ex- crick during the joint lives of the Defendants^ and the ..."

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