see also: Crane
Pronunciation Noun

crane (plural cranes)

  1. Any bird of the family Gruidae, large birds with long legs and a long neck which is extended during flight.
    • 1876, "Burmah" in the Encyclopædia Britannica, 9th ed., Vol. IV, p. 552:
      Aquatic birds of various kinds are very numerous, such as geese, darters (Flotus melanogaster), scissor-bills (Rhynchops nigra), adjutants (Leptoptilos argala), pelicans, cormorants, cranes (Grus antigone, in Burmese gyoja), whimbrels, plovers, and ibises.
  2. (US, dialect) Ardea herodias, the great blue heron.
  3. A mechanical lifting machine or device, often used for lifting heavy loads for industrial or construction purposes.
  4. An iron arm with horizontal motion, attached to the side or back of a fireplace for supporting kettles etc. over the fire.
  5. A siphon, or bent pipe, for drawing liquors out of a cask.
  6. (nautical) A forked post or projecting bracket to support spars, etc.; generally used in pairs.
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crane (cranes, present participle craning; past and past participle craned)

  1. (ambitransitive) To extend (one's neck).
  2. (transitive) To raise or lower with, or as if with, a crane#Noun|crane.
    • What engines, what instruments are used in craning up a soul, sunk below the centre, to the highest heavens.
    • an upstart craned up to the height he has
  3. (intransitive) To pull up before a jump.
  • French: étirer (le cou)
  • German: (please verify) den Hals recken (to extend one's neck), (please verify) strecken (de) (to extend), ausstrecken
  • Russian: вытя́гивать

crane (plural cranes)

  1. (obsolete) The cranium.

Proper noun
  1. Surname
  2. A small river in Greater London, England, which joins the Thames near Twickenham.
  3. A town in Martin County, Indiana.
  4. A town in Stone County, Missouri.
  5. A census-designated place in Harney County, Oregon.
  6. A city/county seat in Crane County, Texas.
  7. An unincorporated community in Bath County, Virginia.

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