Crane meaning

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Crane is defined as a large machine used to lift and move very heavy things.

An example of a crane is the big metal machine used to lift shipping containers off of a cargo ship.

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The definition of a crane is a bird with long legs, a long neck and a long bill.

An example of a crane is the Blue Crane of South Africa.

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To raise or move with a crane.
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To hoist or move with or as if with a crane.
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(person) 1899-1932; U.S. poet.
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(person) 1871-1900; U.S. novelist & short-story writer.
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A large bird of the order Gruiformes and the family Gruidae having long legs and a long neck which it extends when flying.
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A mechanical lifting device, often used for lifting heavy loads for industrial or construction purposes.
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An iron arm with horizontal motion, attached to the side or back of a fireplace for supporting kettles etc. over the fire.
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A siphon, or bent pipe, for drawing liquors out of a cask.
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(nautical) A forked post or projecting bracket to support spars, etc.; generally used in pairs.
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To raise or lower with, or as if with, a crane.
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A machine for hoisting and moving heavy objects by means of cables attached to a movable boom.
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Any of various devices with a swinging arm, as in a fireplace for suspending a pot.
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To strain and stretch (the neck, for example) in order to see better.
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To stretch one's neck toward something for a better view.
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To be irresolute; hesitate.
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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.
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Any device with a swinging arm fixed on a vertical axis.

A fireplace crane is used for holding a kettle.

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To stretch (the neck) as a crane does, as in straining to see over something.
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To extend (one's neck).

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Origin of crane

  • Middle English from Old English cran gerə-2 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old English cran, from Proto-Germanic *kran-, from Proto-Indo-European *gerh₂- (“to cry hoarsely”).

    From Wiktionary