Complete Definition of "crank"

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English

Pronunciation
IPA|/kræÅk/
SAMPA|/kr{Nk/
audio|en-us-crank.ogg|Audio (US)
Rhymes: Rhymes:English:-æÅk|-æÅk

Etymology
OE. cranc

Noun
en-noun

  1. colloquial an ill-tempered or nasty person

#: Billy-Bob is a nasty, old crank! He chased my cat away.

  1. A bent piece of an axle, or shaft, or an arm attached at right angles to the end of a shaft or wheel, used to impart a circular action to a wheel or other mechanical device and create power; also used to change circular into reciprocating motion, or reciprocating into circular motion.

#: Use the crank on the motorcycle and go for a ride.

  1. The act of converting power into motion, by turning a crankshaft.

#: Yes, a crank was all it needed to start.

  1. US slang Methamphetamine.

#: Danny got abscesses from shooting all that bathtub crank.

  1. Any bend, turn, or winding, as of a passage.

#:So many turning cranks these have, so many crooks. - Spenser.

  1. A twist or turn in speech; a conceit consisting in a change of the form or meaning of a word.

#:Quips, and cranks, and wanton wiles. - Milton.

  1. nautical A ship which, because of insufficient or poorly stowed ballast or cargo, is in danger of overturning

Translations
trans-top|an ill-tempered or nasty person
Finnish: äkäpussi
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trans-top|A bent piece of an axle, or shaft, or an arm attached at right angles to the end of a shaft or wheel
Finnish: kampi, veivi
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trans-top|The act of converting power into motion, by turning a crankshaft
Finnish: veivaaminen, kampeaminen
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trans-top|Methamphetamine
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trans-top|Any bend, turn, or winding, as of a passage
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trans-top|A twist or turn in speech; a conceit consisting in a change of the form or meaning of a word
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trans-top|A ship which, because of insufficient or poorly stowed ballast or cargo, is in danger of overturning
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Verb
en-verb

  1. To turn a crank.

#: Crank it up!
#: He's been cranking all day and yet it refuses to crank.

  1. To cause to spin via other means, as though turned by a crank

#: I turn the key and crank the engine; yet it doesn't turn over

  1. To act in a cranky manner; to behave unreasonably and irritably.

#: Quit cranking about your spilt milk!

  1. To produce or present a desired object.

#: Crank out the beer!

  1. intransitive|dated To run with a winding course; to double; to crook; to wind and turn.

#: See how this river comes me cranking in. - w:Shakespeare|Shakespeare

Translations
trans-top|To turn a crank
Finnish: kammeta, veivata
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trans-top|To cause to spin via other means, as though turned by a crank
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trans-top|To act in a cranky manner; to behave unreasonably and irritably
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Related terms
crank axle
crank call
crankcase
crankpin
crank pin <!--the cylindrical piece which forms the handle, or to which the connecting rod is attached, at the end of a crank, or between the arms of a double crank.-->
crank shaft <!--a shaft bent into a crank, or having a crank fastened to it, by which it drives or is driven.-->
crankstart
crank wheel <!--a wheel acting as a crank, or having a wrist to which a connecting rod is attached. -->
cranky

Category:Shakespeare Quotes

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Revision and Credits for"crank"
  • 2007-11-23 20:46 - Sewnmouthsecret - Reverted edits by [[Special:Contributions/65.125.65.30|65.125.65.30]] ([[User_talk:65.125.65.30|Talk]]); changed back to last version by [[User:UllmannBot|UllmannBot]]

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