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crick

Noun

1 a painful muscle spasm especially in the neck or back (`rick' and `wrick' are British) [syn: rick, wrick]
2 English biochemist who (with Watson in 1953) helped discover the helical structure of DNA (born in 1916) [syn: Francis Crick, Francis Henry Compton Crick] v : twist the head into a strained position

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English

Pronunciation

Noun

  1. 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. (Cf. catch.)
  2. (US regional) alternative spelling of creek

Extensive Definition

Crick can be:
  • a colloquial spelling for the word creek;
  • 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
Crick as a surname may refer to:
  • Bernard Crick, British political scientist
  • Francis Crick (1916–2004), British scientist and joint discoverer of the structure of DNA
  • Michael Crick (1958-), British journalist and biographer
  • Nancy Crick, Australian figure from the euthanasia debate
  • Harold Crick, protagonist of a 2006 film, Stranger than Fiction.

Placenames

crick in French: Crick

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

acute pain, bite, boring pain, branch, brook, charley horse, chirk, chirking, chirp, chirrup, cramp, cramps, creak, darting pain, fulgurant pain, gill, girdle pain, gnawing, griping, hitch, jumping pain, kink, lancinating pain, nip, pang, paroxysm, pinch, prick, race, rivulet, run, runnel, seizure, sharp pain, shoot, shooting, shooting pain, spasm, stab, stabbing pain, stitch, stream, stridulate, stridulation, thrill, throes, tormen, tweak, twinge, twitch, wrench
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