Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Architecture A molding between the upper part of a column and the projecting part of the capital.
  • noun Informal The act of kissing and caressing.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In arch., the hypophyge or moldings often intervening between the projecting part of the capital of a column and the vertical part or shaft, as the annulets of the Doric capital: often used as a synonym of neck, though strictly a column may have a neck, but no necking. See cuts under capital and column.
  • noun A neckhandkerchief or necktie.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Same as neckmold.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb Present participle of neck.
  • noun A behavior among male giraffes where they hold combat for social dominance using their necks as weapons.
  • noun architecture A neckmould.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun affectionate play (or foreplay without contact with the genital organs)
  • noun the molding at the top of a column

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Examples

  • A small (1/2 BLOCKQUOTE square) park near our house, known during the rest of the week as a favorite for necking, is transformed into a magic wonderland of food (raw and cooked), clothing, furniture and junk.

    Letters from Mexico -norange, anyone?

  • It appears for the first time as an architectural decoration in a fragment of sculptured necking from the archaic Temple of

    Pharaohs, Fellahs and Explorers

  • As Groucho noted: "Whoever named it 'necking' was a poor judge of anatomy."

    Likewise for gnocchi and necking - BatesLine

  • He was interrupted in 'necking' bullets, for they were cast in a mold and left a little protuberance where the run left off.

    The Lincoln Story Book

  • He was interrupted in 'necking' bullets, for they were cast in a mold and left a little protuberance where the run left off.

    The Lincoln Story Book

  • Little did I imagine that the gathering would turn into a red-hot "necking" party!

    NPR Topics: News

  • Holden Caulfield, the protagonist in J.D. Salinger's 1951 novel "The Catcher in the Rye," never found out what was the matter with old Jane Gallagher, a girl he got close to "necking" one summer in Maine.

    Yale Daily News: Latest Issue

  • The lower court also found that that Crown did not infringe Rexam's beverage can "necking" patent.

    Patent Law Blog (Patently-O)

  • The lower court also found that that Crown did not infringe Rexam's beverage can "necking" patent.

    Patent Law Blog (Patently-O)

  • A pseudoscientific chart from Sex Respect, a fear-based abstinence curriculum, depicts how male genitalia become aroused during "necking," while female genitalia lag behind until "petting."

    Ms. Magazine Online

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  • "Whoever named it necking was a poor judge of anatomy."

    - Groucho Marx.

    December 24, 2007