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Cranes

6 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Cran \Cran\ (kr[a^]n), Crane \Crane\ (kr[=a]n), noun [Scot., fr. Gael. crann.] A measure for fresh herrings, -- as many as will fill a barrel. [Scot.] --H. Miller.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Crane \Crane\ (kr[=a]n), noun [AS. cran; akin to D. & LG. craan, G. kranich, krahn (this in sense 2), Gr. ge'ranos, L. grus, W. & Armor. garan, OSlav. zerav[i^], Lith. gerve, Icel. trani, Sw. trana, Dan. trane. [root]24. Cf. {Geranium}.]

1. (Zool.) A wading bird of the genus {Grus}, and allied genera, of various species, having a long, straight bill, and long legs and neck.

Note: The common European crane is {Grus cinerea}. The sand-hill crane ({Grus Mexicana}) and the whooping crane ({Grus Americana}) are large American species. The Balearic or crowned crane is {Balearica pavonina}. The name is sometimes erroneously applied to the herons and cormorants.

2. Any arm which swings about a vertical axis at one end, used for supporting a suspended weight. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

3. A machine for raising and lowering heavy weights, and, while holding them suspended, transporting them through a limited lateral distance. In one form it consists of a projecting arm or jib of timber or iron, a rotating post or base, and the necessary tackle, windlass, etc.; -- so called from a fancied similarity between its arm and the neck of a crane See Illust. of {Derrick}.

4. An iron arm with horizontal motion, attached to the side or back of a fireplace, for supporting kettles, etc., over a fire.

5. A siphon, or bent pipe, for drawing liquors out of a cask.

6. (Naut.) A forked post or projecting bracket to support spars, etc., -- generally used in pairs. See {Crotch}, 2.

7. (Zool.) The American blue heron ({Ardea herodias}). [Local, U. S.] [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

{Crane fly} (Zool.), a dipterous insect with long legs, of the genus {Tipula}.

{Derrick crane}. See {Derrick}.

{Gigantic crane}. (Zool.) See {Adjutant}, noun, 3.

{Traveling crane}, {Traveler crane}, {Traversing crane} (Mach.), a crane mounted on wheels; esp., an overhead crane consisting of a crab or other hoisting apparatus traveling on rails or beams fixed overhead, as in a machine shop or foundry.

{Water crane}, a kind of hydrant with a long swinging spout, for filling locomotive tenders, water carts, etc., with water.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Crane \Crane\ (kr[=a]n), verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Craned} (kr[=a]nd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Craning}.]

1. To cause to rise; to raise or lift, as by a crane; -- with up. [R.]

What engines, what instruments are used in craning up a soul, sunk below the center, to the highest heavens. --Bates.

An upstart craned up to the height he has. --Massinger.

2. To stretch, as a crane stretches its neck; as, to crane the neck disdainfully. --G. Eliot.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

crane \crane\, verb (used without an object) to reach forward with head and neck, in order to see better; as, a hunter cranes forward before taking a leap. --Beaconsfield. Thackeray.

The passengers eagerly craning forward over the bulwarks. --Howells.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Crotch \Crotch\ (kr[o^]ch; 224), noun; pl. {Crotches} (kr[o^]ch"[e^]z). [Cf. {Crotchet}, {Crutch}.]

1. The angle formed by the parting of two legs or branches; a fork; the point where a trunk divides; as, the crotch of a tree. more specifically, the space on the human torso between the two legs; also, the corresponding part between the legs of a pair of pants, which is in contact with the crotch of the wearer; as, pants with a tight crotch have become very popular. [1913 Webster +PJC]

2. (Naut.) A stanchion or post of wood or iron, with two arms for supporting a boom, spare yards, etc.; -- called also {crane} and {crutch}. --Totten.

3. (Billiards) In the three-ball carom game, a small space at each corner of the table. See {Crotched}, below. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

Crane

noun

1: United States writer (1871-1900) [syn: {Crane}, {Stephen Crane}]

2: United States poet (1899-1932) [syn: {Crane}, {Hart Crane}, {Harold Hart Crane}]

3: a small constellation in the southern hemisphere near Phoenix [syn: {Grus}, {Crane}]

4: lifts and moves heavy objects; lifting tackle is suspended from a pivoted boom that rotates around a vertical axis

5: large long-necked wading bird of marshes and plains in many parts of the world

verb

1: stretch (the neck) so as to see better; "The women craned their necks to see the President drive by" [syn: {crane}, {stretch out}]

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