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crane

noun \ ˈkrān \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of crane

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 :any of several herons
3 :an often horizontal projection swinging about a vertical axis: such 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 and Etymology of crane

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

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crane

verb

Definition of crane

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

Examples of crane in a Sentence

  1. We craned our necks toward the stage.

  2. craned her head to see the roof

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First Known Use of crane

1570

crane Synonyms

Synonyms
boost, raise, elevate, heave, heft, heighten, hike, hoist, jack (up), lift, perk (up), pick up, take up, up, uphold, uplift, upraise
Antonyms
drop, lower
Related Words
ascend, mount, rise; rear, upend
Near Antonyms
descend, dip, fall, pitch, plunge, slip; bear, depress, press, push; sink, submerge

Crane

biographical name \ ˈkrān \

Definition of Crane

(Harold) Hart 1899–1932 American poet

Crane

biographical name

Definition of Crane

Stephen 1871–1900 American writer

Crane

biographical name

Definition of Crane

Walter 1845–1915 English artist


CRANE Defined for English Language Learners

crane

noun

Definition of crane for English Language Learners

  • : 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


crane

verb

Definition of crane for English Language Learners

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


CRANE Defined for Kids

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crane

noun \ ˈkrān \

Definition of crane for Students

1 :a large tall wading bird with a long neck, bill, and legs
2 :a machine with a swinging arm for lifting and carrying heavy weights

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crane

verb

Definition of crane for Students

craned; craning
:to stretch the neck to see better
  • Neighbors craned out the window to see the parade.


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