necker[nā ker′; E nek′ər]
necker definition by Webster's New World
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Necker, Jacques 1732-1804; Fr. statesman & financier, born in Switzerland: father of Madame de Stäel
necker definition by American Heritage Dictionary
, Jacques 1732-1804.
French financier and politician who advocated the formation of the States-General to effect financial reform. His brief dismissal by Louis XVI (1789) precipitated the storming of the Bastille.
Variant of neck
- that part of a human or animal joining the head to the body, including the part of the backbone between the skull and the shoulders
- a narrow part between the head, or end, and the body, or base, of any object: the neck of a violin, the neck of a goblet
- that part of a garment which covers, encircles, or is nearest the neck
- the narrowest part of any object, considered to be like a neck; specif.,
- a narrow strip of land
- the narrowest part of an organ: the neck of the uterus, the neck of a tooth
- the narrowest or tapering part of a bottle, vase, etc.
- a strait or channel
- Geol. a vertical column of hardened igneous rock, formerly plugging a volcanic conduit and later exposed by erosion and weathering
Origin: Middle English nekke ; from Old English hnecca, akin to German nacken ; from Indo-European base an unverified form ken-, to bend, squeeze from source nook, nut
- to kill (a fowl) by twisting its neck
- ☆ Slang to hug, kiss, and caress passionately
Slang to engage in such passionate behavior
- necker noun