Variant of crane
- pl. cranes or crane
- any of a family (Gruidae) of usually large gruiform wading birds with very long legs and neck, and a long, straight bill
- popularly any of various unrelated birds, as herons and storks
- any of various machines for lifting or moving heavy weights by means of a movable projecting arm or a horizontal beam traveling on an overhead support
- any device with a swinging arm fixed on a vertical axis: a fireplace crane is used for holding a kettle
Origin: Middle English ; from Old English cran: akin to Dutch kraan, German kranich ; from Indo-European an unverified form gr-on ; from base an unverified form ger-: see crow
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