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Meaning of CRANE

Pronunciation:  kreyn, kreyn

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  large long-necked wading bird of marshes and plains in many parts of the world
  2. [n]  lifts and moves heavy objects; lifting tackle is suspended from a pivoted boom that rotates around a vertical axis
  3. [n]  United States poet (1899-1932)
  4. [n]  United States writer (1871-1900)
  5. [v]  of the neck; so as to see better

CRANE is a 5 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: Harold Hart Crane, Hart Crane, Stephen Crane, stretch out
 See Also: author, davit, derrick, extend, family Gruidae, Gruidae, Grus americana, lifting device, poet, stretch, transporter, wader, wading bird, whooper, whooping crane, writer



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Crane\ (kr[=a]n), n. [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. (Zo["o]l.) 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 ({G. Mexicana}) and the whooping crane
          ({G. Americana}) are large American species. The
          Balearic or crowned crane is {Balearica pavonina}. The
          name is sometimes erroneously applied to the herons and
    2. 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}.
    3. An iron arm with horizontal motion, attached to the side
       or back of a fireplace, for supporting kettles, etc., over
       a fire.
    4. A siphon, or bent pipe, for drawing liquors out of a cask.
    5. (Naut.) A forked post or projecting bracket to support
       spars, etc., -- generally used in pairs. See {Crotch}, 2.
    {Crane fly} (Zo["o]l.), a dipterous insect with long legs, of
       the genus {Tipula}.
    {Derrick crane}. See {Derrick}.
    {Gigantic crane}. (Zo["o]l.) See {Adjutant}, n., 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
  2. \Crane\ (kr[=a]n), v. t. [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.
    2. To stretch, as a crane stretches its neck; as, to crane
       the neck disdainfully. --G. Eliot.
  3. \crane\, v. i.
    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.
  4. \Crane\, n.
    1. Any arm which swings about a vertical axis at one end,
       used for supporting a suspended weight.
    2. (Zo["o]l.) The American blue heron ({Ardea herodias}).
       [Local, U. S.]
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Seeing a crane in your dream, represents happiness, maternal love, and your gestures of good will. You look out for those who are near and dear to you.
Easton Bible Dictionary

(Isa. 38:14; Jer. 8:7). In both of these passages the Authorized Version has reversed the Hebrew order of the words. "Crane or swallow" should be "swallow or crane," as in the Revised Version. The rendering is there correct. The Hebrew for crane is _'agur_, the Grus cincerea, a bird well known in Palestine. It is migratory, and is distinguished by its loud voice, its cry being hoarse and melancholy.

Thesaurus Terms
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