Definition of kink in English:


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Pronunciation: /kɪŋk


  • 2North American A crick in the neck.
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    • 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 wire
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    • 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'.

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