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Definition of Crank

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rotate; turn a lever; start an engine
lever, handle; eccentric person, oddball, crackpot
Crank Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
(n.)
To run with a winding course; to double; to crook; to wind and turn.
  
(n.)
Sick; infirm.
  
(n.)
Liable to careen or be overset, as a ship when she is too narrow, or has not sufficient ballast, or is loaded too high, to carry full sail.
  
(n.)
Full of spirit; brisk; lively; sprightly; overconfident; opinionated.
  
(n.)
Any bend, turn, or winding, as of a passage.
  
(n.)
A twist or turn of the mind; caprice; whim; crotchet; also, a fit of temper or passion.
  
(n.)
A twist or turn in speech; a conceit consisting in a change of the form or meaning of a word.
  
(n.)
A sick person; an invalid.
  
(n.)
A person full of crotchets; one given to fantastic or impracticable projects; one whose judgment is perverted in respect to a particular matter.
  
(n.)
A bent portion of an axle, or shaft, or an arm keyed at right angles to the end of a shaft, by which motion is imparted to or received from it; also used to change circular into reciprocating motion, or reciprocating into circular motion. See Bell crank.
  
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crank
\crank\ (kr?nk), n. [oe. cranke; akin to e. cringe, cringle, crinkle, and to crank, a., the root meaning, probably, "to turn, twist." see cringe.]
1. (mach.) a bent portion of an axle, or shaft, or an arm keyed at right angles to the end of a shaft, by which motion is imparted to or received from it; also used to change circular into reciprocating motion, or reciprocating into circular motion. see bell crank.
2. any bend, turn, or winding, as of a passage. so many turning cranks these have, so many crooks.
3. a twist or turn in speech; a conceit consisting in a change of the form or meaning of a word. quips, and cranks, and wanton wiles.
4. a twist or turn of the mind; caprice; whim; crotchet; also, a fit of temper or passion. [prov. eng.] violent of temper; subject to sudden cranks. arlyle.
5. a person full of crotchets; one given to fantastic or impracticable projects; one whose judgment is perverted in respect to a particular matter. [colloq.]
6. a sick person; an invalid. [obs.] thou art a counterfeit crank, a cheater.
crank
axle (mach.), a driving axle formed with a crank or cranks, as in some kinds of locomotives.
crank
pin (mach.), the cylindrical piece which forms the handle, or to which the connecting rod is attached, at the end of a crank, or between the arms of a double crank.
crank
shaft, a shaft bent into a crank, or having a crank fastened to it, by which it drives or is driven.
crank
wheel, a wheel acting as a crank, or having a wrist to which a connecting rod is attached.
crank
\crank\ (kr?nk), a. [as. cranc weak; akin to icel. krangr, d. & g. krank sick, weak (cf. d. krengen to careen). cf. crank, n.] 1. sick; infirm. [prov. eng.]
2. (naut.) liable to careen or be overset, as a ship when she is too narrow, or has not sufficient ballast, or is loaded too high, to carry full sail.
3. full of spirit; brisk; lively; sprightly; overconfident; opinionated. he who was, a little before, bedrid, was now crank and lusty. if you strong electioners did not think you were among the elect, you would not be so crank about it. stowe.
crank
\crank\, v. i. [see crank, n.] to run with a winding course; to double; to crook; to wind and turn. see how this river comes me cranking in.
crank
adj : (used of boats) inclined to heel over easily under sail [syn: cranky, tender, tippy]
n

1. a bad-tempered person [syn: grouch, grump, churl, crosspatch]


2. a whimsically eccentric person [syn: crackpot, nut, nut case , nutcase, fruitcake, screwball]


3. a hand tool consisting of a rotating shaft with parallel handle [syn: starter]
v 1: travel along a zigzag path: "the river zigzags through the countryside" [syn: zigzag]
2: start by cranking; of engines [syn: crank up]
3: rotate with a crank [syn: crank up]





4. fasten with a crank
5. bend into the shape of a crank

Shakespeare Words
a winding passage
Australian Slang
1. eccentric person, or one who holds stubbornly to eccentric views; 2. false; phoney: "crank calls"; "a crank letter"; 3. be excellent: "the surf's really cranking"
sing, perform, or play music loudly
put into motion; start
English Slang Dictionary v1.2
1. to turn up the volume of a radio, etc
2. a mentally unstable person
WordNet 2.0

Noun
1. a bad-tempered person
(synonym) grouch, grump, churl, crosspatch
(hypernym) unpleasant person, disagreeable person
(hyponym) crab, crabby person
2. a whimsically eccentric person
(synonym) crackpot, nut, nut case, nutcase, fruitcake, screwball
(hypernym) eccentric, eccentric person, flake, oddball, geek
3. amphetamine used in the form of a crystalline hydrochloride; used as a stimulant to the nervous system and as an appetite suppressant
(synonym) methamphetamine, methamphetamine hydrochloride, Methedrine, meth, deoxyephedrine, chalk, chicken feed, glass, ice, shabu, trash
(hypernym) amphetamine, pep pill, upper, speed
4. a hand tool consisting of a rotating shaft with parallel handle
(synonym) starter
(hypernym) hand tool
(hyponym) crank handle, starting handle

Verb
1. travel along a zigzag path; "The river zigzags through the countryside"
(synonym) zigzag
(hypernym) travel, go, move, locomote
(entail) turn
2. start by cranking; "crank up the engine"
(synonym) crank up
(hypernym) start, start up
3. rotate with a crank
(synonym) crank up
(hypernym) rotate, circumvolve
(derivation) starter
4. fasten with a crank
(hypernym) fasten, fix, secure
5. bend into the shape of a crank
(hypernym) flex, bend, deform, twist, turn
(derivation) starter

Adjective
1. (used of boats) inclined to heel over easily under sail
(synonym) cranky, tender, tippy
(similar) unstable
(classification) boat
Crank Definition from Business & Finance Dictionaries & Glossaries
Glossary of petroleum Industry
An arm attached at right angles to the end of a shaft or axle for transmitting power to or from a connecting rod or pitman (q.v.).
Crank Definition from Government Dictionaries & Glossaries
UK Post Codes and Counties
County:  Merseyside
Post Code: WA11
Crank Definition from Science & Technology Dictionaries & Glossaries
Dictionary of Automotive Terms
1. An arm set at right angles to a shaft or axle, used for converting reciprocal (to-and-fro) motion into circular motion Also see flat crank .
2. The action of trying to start a vehicle engine or an electrical motor.
Crank Definition from Computer & Internet Dictionaries & Glossaries
Jargon File
vt. [from automotive slang] Verb used to describe the performance of a machine, especially sustained performance. "This box cranks (or, cranks at) about 6 megaflops, with a burst mode of twice that on vectorized operations."
Crank Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
Wikipedia English - The Free Encyclopedia
Crank may refer to:

Mechanism
  • Crank (mechanism), in mechanical engineering, a bent portion of an axle, or shaft, or an arm keyed at right angles to the end of a shaft, by which motion is imparted to or received from it
  • Crankset, the component of a bicycle drivetrain that converts the reciprocating motion of the rider's legs into rotational motion
  • Crankshaft, the part of a piston engine which translates reciprocating linear piston motion into rotation

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Crank Definition from Sports Dictionaries & Glossaries
maritime&shipping&trade
The ship is crank; that is, she has not a sufficient cargo or ballast to render her capable of bearing the sail without danger of oversetting.
Crank Definition from Entertainment & Music Dictionaries & Glossaries
English to Federation-Standard Golic Vulcan
el'dayek (hand); dvudayek (mech.)