Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A group of people working together; a gang: a crew of stagehands.
  • n. A group of people gathered together temporarily; a crowd.
  • n. All personnel operating or serving aboard a ship.
  • n. All of a ship's personnel except the officers.
  • n. All personnel operating or serving aboard an aircraft in flight.
  • n. Sports A team of rowers, as of a racing shell.
  • n. Sports The sport of rowing.
  • intransitive v. To serve as a member of a crew: crewed on a sloop.
  • transitive v. To serve as a crew member on: The space station will be crewed by a team of eight people.
  • v. Chiefly British A past tense of crow2.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A group of people (often staff) manning and operating a large facility or piece of equipment such as a factory, ship, boat, or airplane
  • n. A member of the crew of a vessel or plant
  • n. A member of a ship's company who is not an officer
  • n. The group of workers on a dramatic production who are not part of the cast
  • n. A worker on a dramatic production who is not part of the cast
  • n. A group of people working together on a task
  • n. A close group of friends
  • n. A set of individuals lumped together by the speaker
  • n. A hip-hop group
  • n. The sport of competitive rowing.
  • n. A rowing team manning a single shell.
  • v. To be a member of a vessel's crew
  • v. To be a member of a work or production crew
  • v. To supply workers or sailors for a crew
  • v. To do the proper work of a sailor
  • v. To take on, recruit (new) crew
  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of crow. To have made the characteristic sound of a rooster.
  • n. A pen for livestock such as chickens or pigs

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The Manx shearwater.
  • n. A company of people associated together; an assemblage; a throng.
  • n. The company of seamen who man a ship, vessel, or at; the company belonging to a vessel or a boat.
  • n. In an extended sense, any small body of men associated for a purpose; a gang.
  • imp. of crow

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An accession; a reinforcement; a company of soldiers or others sent as a reinforcement, or on an expedition. See accrue, n.
  • n. Any company of people; an assemblage; a crowd: nearly always in a derogatory or a humorous sense.
  • n. Nautical: The company of seamen who man a ship, vessel, or boat; the seamen belonging to a vessel; specifically, the common sailors of a ship's company.
  • n. The company or gang of a ship's carpenter, gunner, boatswain, etc.
  • n. Any company or gang of laborers engaged upon a particular work, as the company of men (engineer, fireman, conductor, brakemen, etc.) who manage and run a railroad-train.
  • n. Synonyms Band, party, herd, mob, horde, throng.
  • n. An archaic preterit of crow.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an informal body of friends
  • n. the men and women who man a vehicle (ship, aircraft, etc.)
  • v. serve as a crew member on
  • n. the team of men manning a racing shell
  • n. an organized group of workmen

Etymologies

Middle English creue, military reinforcement, from Old French, increase, from feminine past participle of creistre, to grow, from Latin crēscere.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
from Middle English, from Old French creue ("an increase, recruit, military reinforcement"), the feminine past participle of creistre ("grow"), from Latin crescere ("to arise, grow") (Wiktionary)
Probably of Brythonic origin. (Wiktionary)

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