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crane

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noun \ˈkrān\

Simple Definition of crane

  • : a big machine with a long arm that is used by builders for lifting and moving heavy things

  • : a type of tall bird that has a long neck and long legs and lives near water

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of crane

  1. 1 :  any of a family (Gruidae of the order Gruiformes) of tall wading birds superficially resembling the herons but structurally more nearly related to the rails

  2. 2 :  any of several herons

  3. 3 :  an often horizontal projection swinging about a vertical axis: as a :  a machine for raising, shifting, and lowering heavy weights by means of a projecting swinging arm or with the hoisting apparatus supported on an overhead track b :  an iron arm in a fireplace for supporting kettles c :  a boom for holding a motion-picture or television camera

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Origin of crane

Middle English cran, from Old English; akin to Old High German krano crane, Greek geranos, Latin grus


First Known Use: before 12th century

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crane

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Simple Definition of crane

  • : to stretch out (your neck) in order to see better

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of crane

cranedcraning

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to raise or lift by or as if by a crane

  3. 2 :  to stretch (as the neck) toward an object of attention <craning her neck to get a better view>

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 :  to stretch one's neck toward an object of attention <I craned out of the window of my compartment — Webb Waldron>

  6. 2 :  hesitate

Examples of crane in a sentence

  1. We craned our necks toward the stage.

  2. <craned her head to see the roof>



1570

First Known Use of crane

1570


Crane

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biographical name \ˈkrān\

Definition of Crane

  1. (Harold) Hart 1899–1932 Am. poet




Crane

biographical name

Definition of Crane

  1. Stephen 1871–1900 Am. writer




Crane

biographical name

Definition of Crane

  1. Walter 1845–1915 Eng. artist





CRANE Defined for Kids

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crane

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noun \ˈkrān\

Definition of crane for Students

  1. 1 :  a large tall wading bird with a long neck, bill, and legs

  2. 2 :  a machine with a swinging arm for lifting and carrying heavy weights




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crane

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verb

Definition of crane for Students

cranedcraning

  1. :  to stretch the neck to see better <Neighbors craned out the window to see the parade.>





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