Meaning of CRANE in English


I. ˈkrān noun

Etymology: Middle English cran, from Old English; akin to Old High German krano crane, Greek geranos, Latin grus

Date: before 12th century

1. : any of a family (Gruidae of the order Gruiformes) of tall wading birds superficially resembling the herons but structurally more nearly related to the rails

2. : any of several herons

3. : an often horizontal projection swinging about a vertical axis: as

a. : a machine for raising, shifting, and lowering heavy weights by means of a projecting swinging arm or with the hoisting apparatus supported on an overhead track

b. : an iron arm in a fireplace for supporting kettles

c. : a boom for holding a motion-picture or television camera


crane 1


II. verb

( craned ; cran·ing )

Date: 1570

transitive verb

1. : to raise or lift by or as if by a crane

2. : to stretch (as the neck) toward an object of attention

craning her neck to get a better view

intransitive verb

1. : to stretch one's neck toward an object of attention

I craned out of the window of my compartment — Webb Waldron

2. : hesitate

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.