gooseneck [goos-nek] ExamplesWord Origin noun
- a curved object resembling the neck of a goose, often of flexible construction, as in the shaft of a gooseneck lamp.
- Nautical. a curved piece at the foot of a boom, attached to a mast by a vertical pivot and itself having a horizontal pivot so that the boom can be pointed in a wide angle vertically or horizontally.
- Carpentry. a vertical continuation of the handrail of a flight of stairs, terminating in a short horizontal part on the top of a newel post.
Origin of gooseneck First recorded in 1680–90; goose + neck Related formsgoose·necked, adjective Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019 Examples from the Web for gooseneck Historical Examples of gooseneck
Next, the gooseneck of the truss, on which it pivoted, smashed away.
Brad reached out to extend the gooseneck of the mike toward him.
Daniel F. Galouye
The blinds were down, only the table lamps on, and a gooseneck over where the men counted.
Then the gooseneck on the staysail broke, and as we have no other, we patched it up with ropes.
Then a series of choking gurgles and a rush of air came through the gooseneck.
James Arthur Kjelgaard
British Dictionary definitions for gooseneck gooseneck noun
- nautical a pivot between the forward end of a boom and a mast, to allow the boom to swing freely
- something in the form of a neck of a goose
Derived Formsgoosenecked, adjective Collins English Dictionary – Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012