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Meaning of CRANK

Pronunciation:  krangk

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a hand tool consisting of a rotating shaft with parallel handle
  2. [n]  a whimsically eccentric person
  3. [n]  a bad-tempered person
  4. [adj]  (used of boats) inclined to heel over easily under sail
  5. [v]  bend into the shape of a crank
  6. [v]  fasten with a crank
  7. [v]  rotate with a crank
  8. [v]  start by cranking; of engines
  9. [v]  travel along a zigzag path; "The river zigzags through the countryside"

CRANK is a 5 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: churl, crackpot, crank up, crank up, cranky, crosspatch, fruitcake, grouch, grump, nut, nut case, nutcase, screwball, starter, tender, tippy, unstable, zigzag
 See Also: bend, circumvolve, crab, crabby person, crank handle, deform, disagreeable person, eccentric, eccentric person, fasten, fire-eater, fix, geek, go, hand tool, hothead, locomote, misanthrope, misanthropist, move, oddball, rotate, secure, start, start up, starting handle, travel, turn, turn, twist, unpleasant person



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Crank\ (kr?nk), n. [OE. cranke; akin to E. cringe,
    cringle, crinkle, and to crank, a., the root meaning,
    probably, ``to turn, twist.'' See {Cringe}.]
    1. (Mach.) 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}.
    2. Any bend, turn, or winding, as of a passage.
             So many turning cranks these have, so many crooks.
    3. 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.
    4. A twist or turn of the mind; caprice; whim; crotchet;
       also, a fit of temper or passion. [Prov. Eng.]
             Violent of temper; subject to sudden cranks.
    5. A person full of crotchets; one given to fantastic or
       impracticable projects; one whose judgment is perverted in
       respect to a particular matter. [Colloq.]
    6. A sick person; an invalid. [Obs.]
             Thou art a counterfeit crank, a cheater. --Burton.
    {Crank axle} (Mach.), a driving axle formed with a crank or
       cranks, as in some kinds of locomotives.
    {Crank pin} (Mach.), 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.
    {Crank wheel}, a wheel acting as a crank, or having a wrist
       to which a connecting rod is attached.
  2. \Crank\ (kr?nk), a. [AS. cranc weak; akin to Icel. krangr,
    D. & G. krank sick, weak (cf. D. krengen to careen). Cf.
    {Crank}, n.]
    1. Sick; infirm. [Prov. Eng.]
    2. (Naut.) 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.
    3. Full of spirit; brisk; lively; sprightly; overconfident;
             He who was, a little before, bedrid, . . . was now
             crank and lusty.                      --Udall.
             If you strong electioners did not think you were
             among the elect, you would not be so crank about it.
                                                   --Mrs. Stowe.
  3. \Crank\, v. i. [See {Crank}, n.]
    To run with a winding course; to double; to crook; to wind
    and turn.
          See how this river comes me cranking in. --Shak.
Computing Dictionary

(Automotive slang) Verb used to describe the performance of a machine, especially sustained performance. "This box cranks (or, cranks at) about 6 megaflops, with a burst mode of twice that on vectorised operations."

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