Pronunciation: (gOOs'nek"), [key]
1. a curved object resembling the neck of a goose, often of flexible construction, as in the shaft of a gooseneck lamp.
2. Naut.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.
3. 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.
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