from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various large wading birds of the family Gruidae, having a long neck, long legs, and a long bill.
- n. A similar bird, such as a heron.
- n. A machine for hoisting and moving heavy objects by means of cables attached to a movable boom.
- n. Any of various devices with a swinging arm, as in a fireplace for suspending a pot.
- transitive v. To hoist or move with or as if with a crane.
- transitive v. To strain and stretch (the neck, for example) in order to see better.
- intransitive v. To stretch one's neck toward something for a better view.
- intransitive v. To be irresolute; hesitate.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A large bird of the order Gruiformes and the family Gruidae having long legs and a long neck which it extends when flying.
- n. A mechanical lifting device, often used for lifting heavy loads for industrial or construction purposes.
- v. To extend (one's neck).
- v. To raise or lower with a crane.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A wading bird of the genus Grus, and allied genera, of various species, having a long, straight bill, and long legs and neck.
- n. Any arm which swings about a vertical axis at one end, used for supporting a suspended weight.
- n. 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.
- n. An iron arm with horizontal motion, attached to the side or back of a fireplace, for supporting kettles, etc., over a fire.
- n. A siphon, or bent pipe, for drawing liquors out of a cask.
- n. A forked post or projecting bracket to support spars, etc., -- generally used in pairs. See Crotch, 2.
- n. The American blue heron (Ardea herodias).
- transitive v. To cause to rise; to raise or lift, as by a crane; -- with up.
- transitive v. To stretch, as a crane stretches its neck.
- intransitive v. to reach forward with head and neck, in order to see better.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A large grallatorial bird with very long legs and neck, a long straight bill with pervious nostrils near its middle, the head usually naked, at least in part, the hind toe elevated, and the inner secondaries usually enlarged; any bird of the family Gruidæ.
- n. Popularly and erroneously, one of sundry very large grallatorial birds likened to cranes, as herons and storks.
- n. The constellation Grus (which see).
- n. Same as crinet, 1.
- To be stretched out like the neck of a crane.
- Hence In hunting, to look before one leaps; pull up at a dangerous jump.
- To stretch or bend (the neck) like a crane: as, he craned his neck to see what was on the other side of the pillar.
- n. A machine for moving weights, having two motions, one a direct lift and the other horizontal.
- n. A machine for weighing goods, constructed on the principle of the preceding. Such machines are common in market-towns in Ireland. See craner.
- n. An iron arm or beam attached to the back or side of a fireplace and hinged so as to be movable horizontally, used for supporting pots or kettles over a fire.
- n. pl. Naut., supports of iron or timber at a vessel's side for stowing boats or spars upon.
- n. A siphon or bent pipe for drawing liquor out of a cask.
- To cause to rise as by a crane: followed by up.
- n. Same as cran.
- n. A crane mounted upon a car and fitted to run or traverse on a railway laid upon the ground, and either self-propelling or driven by a locomotive.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. stretch (the neck) so as to see better
- n. United States poet (1899-1932)
- n. United States writer (1871-1900)
- n. large long-necked wading bird of marshes and plains in many parts of the world
- n. lifts and moves heavy objects; lifting tackle is suspended from a pivoted boom that rotates around a vertical axis
- n. a small constellation in the southern hemisphere near Phoenix
Middle English, from Old English cran; see gerə-2 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old English cran, from Proto-Germanic *kran-, from Proto-Indo-European *gerh₂- (“to cry hoarsely”). (Wiktionary)