Meaning of CRANK in English

CRANK

I. crank 1 /kræŋk/ BrE AmE noun [countable]

[ Language: Old English ; Origin: cranc ]

1 . a handle on a piece of equipment, that you can turn in order to move something

2 . informal someone who has unusual ideas and behaves strangely:

Zoff was originally dismissed as a crank, but his theories later became very influential.

3 . crank call/letter a telephone call or letter in which someone says annoying things

4 . American English informal someone who easily gets angry or annoyed with people

II. crank 2 BrE AmE ( also crank up ) verb [transitive]

to make something move by turning a crank:

Try cranking the engine.

crank something ↔ out phrasal verb

to produce a lot of something very quickly:

He cranked out three novels last year.

crank something ↔ up phrasal verb informal

to make the sound of something, especially music, louder:

We cranked up the volume.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.