• (mathematics) A positive 1-soliton solution to the Sine–Gordon equation
  • A difficulty or flaw that is likely to impede operation, as in a plan or system.

    "They had planned to open another shop downtown, but their plan had a few kinks."

  • (Scotland, dialect) A fit of coughing or laughter.
  • A tight curl, twist, or bend in a length of thin material, hair etc.

    "We couldn't get enough water to put out the fire because of a kink in the hose."

  • (slang, countable and uncountable) Peculiarity or deviation in sexual behaviour or taste.
  • A convulsive fit of coughing or laughter; a sonorous indraft of breath; a whoop; a gasp of breath caused by laughing, coughing, or crying.
  • An unreasonable notion; a crotchet; a whim; a caprice.


  • To gasp for breath as in a severe fit of coughing.
  • (intransitive) To be formed into a kink or twist.
  • To laugh loudly.
  • (transitive) To form a kink or twist.

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