Definition of kink in US English:

kink

noun

  • 1A sharp twist or curve in something that is otherwise straight.

    ‘a kink in the road’
    • ‘The toy that came with it was one of those plastic nails with a kink in it that you put on your finger and it looks like it's gone right through.’
    • ‘And so today the road has a slight kink in it to accommodate the tree.’
    • ‘Composed of one or more curves, angles, kinks or any combination thereof, the tail is created by a simple recessive gene which breeds true in any bobtail-to-bobtail cross.’
    • ‘It's hardly a grotto at all, merely a kink in the shadowy, soot-darkened stone passageway.’
    • ‘That hall was longer than the others and didn't go straight all the way; it had a kink in it.’
    • ‘I can stare straight into the water hose and wonder why the water isn't coming out until I accidentally trip over a kink in the hose, after which I get sprayed right in the face.’
    • ‘The surgical shunt will also be removed from her heart and a kink in the artery leading from her heart to her left lung will also be repaired.’
    • ‘Images of dissected tendon taken under the light microscope show that fibrils can sustain sharp bends or kinks along their length.’
    • ‘His puck-handling prowess can cause him to get overconfident or rattled by elements such as a kink in the boards of a road arena.’
    • ‘Halfway through the day I took it down to redo it, and couldn't make it go the right way at all because there was a massive kink in it.’
    • ‘Too little flow could be caused by a kink in the line or particles clogging the emitters.’
    • ‘The tree has a sharp kink in its trunk, as if it had been convulsed with pain.’
    • ‘Thick vapour rolled across as we reached the final kink in the dyke and turned east towards the Tail Burn once more.’
    • ‘The kink in its tail is distinctive of only the most pedigreed of Siamese.’
    • ‘The second crewman reported a kink in the hose and tried to straighten it.’
    • ‘You're going to have a permanent kink in that button nose of yours if you keep getting hit.’
    • ‘Absorbing a photon can force a photosensitive cluster of atoms to reposition a chemical bond and create a kink in a polymer chain.’
    • ‘He probably had a small kink in an artery and a clot coincided with it.’
    • ‘Set in a kink in the fertile hills rolling north from the valley of the Tigris river, the village is idyllic.’
    • ‘Murali, it was later disclosed, because of a minor deformity, had a slight kink in the elbow.’
    curl, crimp, twist, twirl, ringlet, wave, frizz
    bend, corner, angle, dog-leg, crook, twist, turn, curve, loop, zigzag
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    1. 1.1 A flaw or obstacle in a plan, operation, etc.
      ‘though the system is making some headway, there are still some kinks to iron out’
      • ‘They prefer to wait until all the kinks are worked out and all the defects and maintenance tricks have been discovered and applied by early adopters before jumping from the tried and true into something new.’
      • ‘I love the concept of presence-based project coordination, but Rhombus has a way to go to iron out the kinks.’
      • ‘Iron out the kinks at manned cash registers, before you open up self-checkout lanes.’
      • ‘This approach allows you to smooth out operational kinks while moving forward toward a more refined design.’
      • ‘Costelloe will be on hand for a month after the sale to explain how things work, and iron out kinks in the transfer.’
      • ‘The company is hosting special training courses so mechanics can quickly iron out any kinks.’
      • ‘Even so, it took time and collaboration, and intellectual modesty, to get all the kinks ironed out.’
      • ‘Sometimes, it takes a show a couple of seasons to work, to iron out the kinks and start sailing smoothly.’
      • ‘But I assume that these vehicles are prototypes, and that once the operational kinks are worked out, they'll start scaling down a bit.’
      • ‘The cafe held several days of trial runs, in which specially invited customers made their choice of free goodies while the staff and cooks ironed out the kinks.’
      • ‘But since we had a few unexpected hours on our hands, we took the time to experiment and iron out the kinks.’
      • ‘In the short term, many companies want to iron out the kinks in wireless voice services first.’
      • ‘But it will be ingenious people at the tactical level will who will iron out the kinks and forge bonds of multinational cooperation.’
      • ‘The operational kinks get smoothed out on this second day of the Australian Nationals both at my end and at headquarters.’
      • ‘Gradually the kinks were ironed out, and the screenings became more dependable.’
      • ‘At first, we figured business would pick up once we ironed out the kinks.’
      • ‘It is my hope, for example, that come the 2006-07 tax year, all the initial kinks will have been ironed out and everybody will be able to return to plain sailing.’
      • ‘The vendor worked with SouthTrust to iron out the kinks, Adams says.’
      • ‘Despite the organization's kinks and flaws, even some of FSC's fiercest critics acknowledge its needed role in the movement to help forests regain their balance.’
      • ‘Okay, so there are a few kinks in the plan that still have to be worked out, but what do you say?’
      flaw, defect, imperfection, problem, difficulty, complication, hitch, snag, shortcoming, weak point, weak spot, weakness, catch
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    2. 1.2 A quirk of character or behavior.
      • ‘Every character has its quirks and kinks but notable among the lot is the marigold chewing tent maker P K Dubey.’
      • ‘Pluto is encouraging you to stand up for your quirks and kinks.’
      peculiarity, quirk, idiosyncrasy, eccentricity, oddity, foible, whim, whimsy, caprice, vagary, twist, crotchet, mannerism, fad
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    3. 1.3informal A person's unusual sexual preference.
      • ‘If you find underwear dirty, sister, that's a kink, not a moral position.’
      • ‘I'm sure my neighbours think I'm into kink.’
      • ‘Here and there, we get hints of sado-masochism and kinks.’
      • ‘While society would have you believe that only men have serious kinks, I've found that among my friends it's about 50/50.’
      • ‘Be careful: that yawn-inducing exterior could hide dangerous kinks.’
      • ‘Imagine if Boyfriend could be my primary partner, who I love and adore and fulfils pretty much all my needs, but for hardcore kink and pretentious writer/lit talk.’
      • ‘He wanted something heightened, very stylized, and a sense of twisted kink to get across his message.’
      • ‘My current beloved understands that I like a little kink in the bedroom, but for him its difficult to deal with.’
      • ‘No two answers about why homosexuality, heterosexuality, bisexuality, kink, polyamory, or - (insert your particular perversion here) is immoral will be the same.’
      • ‘From what I've come to understand, kink can develop over time.’
      • ‘The No. 1 reason cited by women who are reluctant to indulge their male partners' kinks is the fear that they're stepping onto a slippery slope.’
      • ‘Your tax money is going to be spent censoring people like me for talking about sex and kink.’
      • ‘The first time we had sex I had expected to give her a gentle introduction, easing her into the kinks of the male imagination.’
      • ‘Alas my kink is hard to indulge, yet everywhere there is torment.’
      • ‘Despite his best efforts, MacLachlan does seem to end up playing guys with a kink in their closet.’
      • ‘During a stopover in London, she's fixed up with a nameless salesman (Tim Campbell) who tries to trigger her secret kink.’
      • ‘Explore the world of kink, fetish and fantasy on a journey through the erotic imagination.’
  • 2North American A stiffness in the neck, back, etc.; crick.

    ‘it takes the kinks out of stiff necks’
    • ‘By the end everyone was complaining about hand cramps and elbow kinks.’
    • ‘His neck had a kink from sleeping in one position for so long.’
    • ‘He rubbed at where the kinks had been in his neck.’
    • ‘We lay fully clothed on adjacent mattresses while laughing tribeswomen ironed every kink out of our puffy Western bodies.’
    • ‘Sara straightened and rotated her neck to get the kinks out.’
    • ‘Stretching out neck kinks, waiting for the light to change.’
    • ‘Backbone kinks induced by Pro residues can lead to characteristic motions of the nearby region.’
    • ‘I usually take a few minutes to stretch and massage out any kinks or stiffness that I may have physically.’
    • ‘He rolled his shoulders a few times to loosen the kinks, then cracked his neck.’
    • ‘He was working out the kinks in his neck, but when he saw us, he stopped.’
    cramp, spasm, muscle spasm, muscular contraction, rick, twinge, pang, pain, shooting pain, ache
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verb

  • Form or cause to form a sharp twist or curve.

    no object ‘the river kinks violently in a right angle’
    with object ‘when the spine gets kinked, the muscles react with pain’
    • ‘Avoid kinking the conduit, and make sure all connections are secure.’
    • ‘Once extended, the animal, kinking its body near its head against the burrow wall to provide friction, can then draw its tail forward by relaxing the same muscles and bringing up its spine.’
    • ‘Thread should unwind from the spool and enter the first tension guide on the machine without kinking, twisting or puddling.’
    • ‘Steve's neck, fragile and brittle from a trapped nerve, had kinked badly when it absorbed the impact from the piledriver, and Steve fell to the mat, paralysed.’
    • ‘If the injured limb has been rotated, it is gently realigned and splinted to avoid kinking or tourniqueting.’

Origin

Late 17th century: from Middle Low German kinke, probably from Dutch kinken ‘to kink’.

Pronunciation

kink

/kɪŋk//kiNGk/