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A painful cramp or muscle spasm, as in the back or neck.
tr.v. cricked, crick·ing, cricks
To cause a painful cramp or muscle spasm in by turning or wrenching.
[Middle English crike.]
(Physiology) a painful muscle spasm or cramp, esp in the neck or back
(Physiology) (tr) to cause a crick in (the neck, back, etc)
[C15: of uncertain origin]
(Physical Geography) US and Canadian a dialect word for creek2
(Biography) 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
1. a sharp, painful spasm of the muscles, as of the neck or back.v.t.
2. to give a crick or wrench to (the neck, back, etc.).
[1400–50; late Middle English crikke, perhaps akin to crick2]
n. Northern and Western U.S.
Francis Harry Compton, born 1916, English biophysicist: Nobel prize for physiology or medicine 1962.
Past participle: cricked
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|Noun||1.||crick - a painful muscle spasm especially in the neck or back (`rick' and `wrick' are British)|
Britain, Great Britain, U.K., UK, United Kingdom, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland - a monarchy in northwestern Europe occupying most of the British Isles; divided into England and Scotland and Wales and Northern Ireland; `Great Britain' is often used loosely to refer to the United Kingdom
|2.||Crick - English biochemist who (with Watson in 1953) helped discover the helical structure of DNA (1916-2004)|
|Verb||1.||crick - twist (a body part) into a strained position; "crick your neck"|
twist - turn in the opposite direction; "twist one's head"