- 1A sharp twist or curve in something that is otherwise straight: a kink in the roadMore example sentences
- The tree has a sharp kink in its trunk, as if it had been convulsed with pain.
- And so today the road has a slight kink in it to accommodate the tree.
- That hall was longer than the others and didn't go straight all the way; it had a kink in it.
- 1.1A flaw or obstacle in a plan, operation, etc.: though the system is making some headway, there are still some kinks to iron outMore example sentences
- Despite the organization's kinks and flaws, even some of FSC's fiercest critics acknowledge its needed role in the movement to help forests regain their balance.
- Okay, so there are a few kinks in the plan that still have to be worked out, but what do you say?
- The cafe held several days of trial runs, in which specially invited customers made their choice of free goodies while the staff and cooks ironed out the kinks.
- 1.2A quirk of character or behaviour.More example sentences
- Every character has its quirks and kinks but notable among the lot is the marigold chewing tent maker P K Dubey.
- Pluto is encouraging you to stand up for your quirks and kinks.
- 1.3 • informal A person’s unusual sexual preference.More example sentences
- I'm sure my neighbours think I'm into kink.
- Despite his best efforts, MacLachlan does seem to end up playing guys with a kink in their closet.
- Be careful: that yawn-inducing exterior could hide dangerous kinks.
- 2North American A crick in the neck.More example sentences
- His neck had a kink from sleeping in one position for so long.
- Stretching out neck kinks, waiting for the light to change.
- He was working out the kinks in his neck, but when he saw us, he stopped.
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- Form or cause to form a sharp twist or curve: [no object]: the river kinks violently in a right angle [with object]: take care to avoid kinking the wireMore example sentences
- Thread should unwind from the spool and enter the first tension guide on the machine without kinking, twisting or puddling.
- Avoid kinking the conduit, and make sure all connections are secure.
- If the injured limb has been rotated, it is gently realigned and splinted to avoid kinking or tourniqueting.
late 17th century: from Middle Low German kinke, probably from Dutch kinken 'to kink'.