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Crank meaning

crank - 13 dictionary results

  1. 1. start by cranking; " crank up the engine"
  2. 2. 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.
  3. 3. Any bend, turn, or winding, as of a passage.
  4. 4. A twist or turn in speech; a conceit consisting in a change of the form or meaning of a word.
  5. 5. A twist or turn of the mind; caprice; whim; crotchet; also, a fit of temper or passion.
  6. 6. A person full of crotchets; one given to fantastic or impracticable projects; one whose judgment is perverted in respect to a particular matter.
  7. 7. A sick person; an invalid.
  8. 8. Sick; infirm.
  9. 9. 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.
  10. 10. Full of spirit; brisk; lively; sprightly; overconfident; opinionated.
  11. 11. To run with a winding course; to double; to crook; to wind and turn.
  12. 12. Bent arm to an axis, to convert reciprocating into circular motion, or the reverse.
  13. 13. Liable to overset; top- heavy.

crank - examples of usage

  1. " There has to be one such crank, it seems," March partially assented. - "A Hazard of New Fortunes, Part Fifth", William Dean Howells.
  2. If anybody is so foolish as to apply the Sermon on the Mount to present- day affairs, we regard him as a harmless crank; if he persists, and sets out to teach others, we call him a Communist or a Pacifist, and put him in jail for ten or twenty years. - "The Book of Life: Vol. I Mind and Body; Vol. II Love and Society", Upton Sinclair.
  3. I went on to a new variety of health crank, the real " nature cure" practitioners. - "The Book of Life: Vol. I Mind and Body; Vol. II Love and Society", Upton Sinclair.
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