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crane - Meaning and Examples

Meaning of 'crane' (Webster Dictionary)

1 . Crane [ n.]
- A measure for fresh herrings, -- as many as will fill a barrel.
- A wading bird of the genus Grus, and allied genera, of various species, having a long, straight bill, and long legs and neck.
- 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.
- An iron arm with horizontal motion, attached to the side or back of a fireplace, for supporting kettles, etc., over a fire.
- A siphon, or bent pipe, for drawing liquors out of a cask.
- A forked post or projecting bracket to support spars, etc., -- generally used in pairs. See Crotch, 2.
2 . Crane [ v. i.]
- to reach forward with head and neck, in order to see better; as, a hunter cranes forward before taking a leap.
3 . Crane [ v. t.]
- To cause to rise; to raise or lift, as by a crane; -- with up.
- To stretch, as a crane stretches its neck; as, to crane the neck disdainfully.

Meaning of 'crane' (Princeton's WordNet)

1 . crane [ v]
Meaning (1):
- stretch (the neck) so as to see better
Example in sentence:
  • The women craned their necks to see the President drive by