noun \ˈkrān\

: 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

Full Definition of CRANE

:  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
:  any of several herons
:  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

Illustration of CRANE

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

Other Civil Engineering Terms

asphalt, ballast, barrage, cantilever, infrastructure, sluice



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


Full Definition of CRANE

transitive verb
:  to raise or lift by or as if by a crane
:  to stretch (as the neck) toward an object of attention <craning her neck to get a better view>
intransitive verb
:  to stretch one's neck toward an object of attention <I craned out of the window of my compartment — Webb Waldron>
:  hesitate

Examples of CRANE

  1. We craned our necks toward the stage.
  2. <craned her head to see the roof>

First Known Use of CRANE



biographical name \ˈkrān\

Definition of CRANE

(Harold) Hart 1899–1932 Am. poet


biographical name

Definition of CRANE

Stephen 1871–1900 Am. writer


biographical name

Definition of CRANE

Walter 1845–1915 Eng. artist
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