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crank

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noun \ˈkraŋk\

Simple Definition of crank

  • : a machine part with a handle that can be turned in a circular motion to move something

  • : a person who has strange ideas or thinks too much about one thing

  • : a person who is often angry or easily annoyed

Full Definition of crank

  1. 1 :  a bent part of an axle or shaft or an arm keyed at right angles to the end of a shaft by which circular motion is imparted to or received from the shaft or by which reciprocating motion is changed into circular motion or vice versa

  2. 2 a archaic :  bend b :  a twist or turn of speech :  conceit —used especially in the phrase quips and cranks c (1) :  caprice, crotchet (2) :  an annoyingly eccentric person; also :  one who is overly enthusiastic about a particular subject or activity d :  a bad-tempered person :  grouch

  3. 3 :  crystal 7

crank·ish play \ˈkraŋ-kish\ adjective

Examples of crank

  1. To open the car window, turn the crank on the door.

  2. He was dismissed as a crank until his article was published.

  3. Most people think she's just a harmless crank.



Origin of crank

Middle English cranke, from Old English cranc- (as in crancstæf, a weaving instrument); probably akin to Middle High German krank weak, sick — more at cringe


First Known Use: 13th century

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crank

verb

Simple Definition of crank

  • : to move (something) by turning a crank

  • : to increase (something) especially by a large amount

  • : to start or try to start (an engine) by using a crank or some other method to get it moving

Full Definition of crank

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to move with a winding course :  zigzag

  3. 2 a :  to turn a crank b :  to get started by or as if by the turning of a crank c :  to gain speed, momentum, or intensity —usually used with up <the campaign is cranking up>

  4. transitive verb
  5. 1 :  to move or operate by or as if by a crank <crank the window down>

  6. 2 a :  to cause to start (as an automobile) b :  to rotate the shaft (as a crankshaft) of especially with a starter <crank over an engine> c :  to use in trying to start an engine <crank the starter>

  7. 3 a :  to start as if by use of a crank —usually used with up <she cranked up the air conditioner> b :  turn up 2 —usually used with up <crank up the volume>

Examples of crank

  1. He cranked the temperature to 75 degrees.

  2. Crank the engine to see if it will start.



1592

First Known Use of crank

1592


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crank

adjective

Definition of crank

  1. :  of, relating to, or being a cranky or eccentric person; also :  made or sent by such a person <crank calls> <a crank letter>



1924

First Known Use of crank

1924


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crank

adjective

Definition of crank

  1. 1 chiefly dialect :  merry, high-spirited

  2. 2 chiefly dialect :  cocky, confident



Origin of crank

Middle English cranke


First Known Use: 15th century


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crank

adjective

Definition of crank

of a boat

  1. :  easily tipped :  tender 7d



Origin of crank

short for crank-sided easily tipped


First Known Use: circa 1649


CRANK Defined for Kids

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crank

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noun \ˈkraŋk\

Definition of crank

  1. 1 :  a bent part with a handle that is turned to start or run machinery

  2. 2 :  a person with strange ideas

  3. 3 :  a cross or irritable person




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crank

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verb

Definition of crank

crankedcrank·ing

  1. 1 :  to start or run by or as if by turning a part with a handle

  2. 2 :  to make or become greater in speed or intensity <crank the volume>

crank out
  1. :  to produce quickly and often carelessly <You can't just crank out a good book.>




Medical Dictionary

crank

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noun \ˈkraŋk\

Medical Definition of crank

  1. :  crystal 2





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