a sharp, painful spasm of the muscles, as of the neck or back.
verb (used with object)
to give a crick or wrench to (the neck, back, etc.).
noun, Northern, North Midland, and Western U.S.
Francis Harry Compton, 1916–2004, English biophysicist: Nobel Prize in Medicine 1962.
a painful muscle spasm or cramp, esp in the neck or back
(transitive) to cause a crick in (the neck, back, etc)
(US & Canadian) a dialect word for creek (sense 2)
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
early 15c., of uncertain origin; OED says “probably onomatopœic.”
A painful cramp or muscle spasm, as in the back or neck. v. cricked, crick·ing, cricks
To cause a painful cramp or muscle spasm in by turning or wrenching.
Crick (krĭk), Francis Henry Compton. Born 1916.
British biologist who with James D. Watson proposed a spiral model, the double helix, for the molecular structure of DNA. He shared a 1962 Nobel Prize for advances in the study of genetics.
British biologist who with James D. Watson identified the structure of DNA in 1953. By analyzing the patterns cast by x-rays striking DNA molecules, they found that DNA has the structure of a double helix, consisting of two spirals linked together at the base, forming ladderlike rungs. For this work they shared the 1962 Nobel Prize for physiology or medicine with Maurice Wilkins.
[krik] /krɪk/ noun 1. a sharp, painful spasm of the muscles, as of the neck or back. verb (used with object) 2. to give a crick or wrench to (the neck, back, etc.). /krɪk/ noun 1. a painful muscle spasm or cramp, esp in the neck or back verb 2. (transitive) to cause a crick […]
[krik-it] /ˈkrɪk ɪt/ noun 1. any of several jumping, orthopterous insects of the family Gryllidae, characterized by long antennae and stridulating organs on the forewings of the male, as one of the species commonly found in pastures and meadows (field cricket) or on trees and shrubs (tree cricket) 2. a small metal toy with a […]
noun 1. either of two tree frogs, Acris gryllus or A. crepitans, of eastern and central U.S., having a clicking call.
cricoarytenoid cri·co·ar·y·te·noid (krī’kō-ār’ĭ-tē’noid’, -ə-rĭt’n-oid’) adj. Relating to the cricoid and arytenoid cartilages.