Meaning of CRANE in English


add. ·noun the american blue heron (ardea herodias).

2. crane ·noun a siphon, or bent pipe, for drawing liquors out of a cask.

3. crane ·noun a measure for fresh herrings, — as many as will fill a barrel.

4. crane ·vt to cause to rise; to raise or lift, as by a crane;

— with up.

5. crane ·vt to stretch, as a crane stretches its neck; as, to crane the neck disdainfully.

6. crane ·noun a forked post or projecting bracket to support spars, ·etc., — generally used in pairs. ·see crotch, 2.

7. crane ·add. ·noun any arm which swings about a vertical axis at one end, used for supporting a suspended weight.

8. crane ·vi to reach forward with head and neck, in order to see better; as, a hunter cranes forward before taking a leap.

9. crane ·noun an iron arm with horizontal motion, attached to the side or back of a fireplace, for supporting kettles, ·etc., over a fire.

10. crane ·noun a wading bird of the genus grus, and allied genera, of various species, having a long, straight bill, and long legs and neck.

11. crane ·noun 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.

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