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Definition of CRANK

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Crank \Crank\ (kr[a^][ng]k), n. [OE. cranke; akin to E. cringe, cringle, crinkle, and to crank, a., the root meaning, probably, "to turn, twist." See {Cringe}.]
     1. (Mach.) A bent portion of an axle, or shaft, or an arm keyed at right angles to the end of a shaft, by which motion is imparted to or received from it; also used to change circular into reciprocating motion, or reciprocating into circular motion. See {Bell crank}. [1913 Webster]

     2. Any bend, turn, or winding, as of a passage. [1913 Webster]

              So many turning cranks these have, so many crooks.
                                                    --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

     3. A twist or turn in speech; a conceit consisting in a change of the form or meaning of a word. [1913 Webster]

              Quips, and cranks, and wanton wiles.  --Milton. [1913 Webster]

     4. A twist or turn of the mind; caprice; whim; crotchet; also, a fit of temper or passion. [Prov. Eng.] [1913 Webster]

              Violent of temper; subject to sudden cranks.
                                                    --Carlyle. [1913 Webster]

     5. A person full of crotchets; one given to fantastic or impracticable projects; one whose judgment is perverted in respect to a particular matter. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster]

     6. A sick person; an invalid. [Obs.]
        [1913 Webster]

              Thou art a counterfeit crank, a cheater. --Burton. [1913 Webster]

     {Crank axle} (Mach.), a driving axle formed with a crank or cranks, as in some kinds of locomotives.

     {Crank pin} (Mach.), the cylindrical piece which forms the handle, or to which the connecting rod is attached, at the end of a crank, or between the arms of a double crank.

     {Crank shaft}, a shaft bent into a crank, or having a crank fastened to it, by which it drives or is driven.

     {Crank wheel}, a wheel acting as a crank, or having a wrist to which a connecting rod is attached. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Crank \Crank\ (kr[a^][ng]k), a. [AS. cranc weak; akin to Icel. krangr, D. & G. krank sick, weak (cf. D. krengen to careen). Cf. {Crank}, n.]
     1. Sick; infirm. [Prov. Eng.]
        [1913 Webster]

     2. (Naut.) Liable to careen or be overset, as a ship when she is too narrow, or has not sufficient ballast, or is loaded too high, to carry full sail. [1913 Webster]

     3. Full of spirit; brisk; lively; sprightly; overconfident; opinionated. [1913 Webster]

              He who was, a little before, bedrid, . . . was now crank and lusty.                      --Udall. [1913 Webster]

              If you strong electioners did not think you were among the elect, you would not be so crank about it.
                                                    --Mrs. Stowe. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Crank \Crank\, v. i. [See {Crank}, n.]
     To run with a winding course; to double; to crook; to wind and turn. [1913 Webster]

           See how this river comes me cranking in. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

crank
   vt.

      [from automotive slang] Verb used to describe the performance of a machine, especially sustained performance. ?This box cranks (or, cranks at) about 6 megaflops, with a burst mode of twice that on vectorized operations.?


The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) [jargon]

257 Moby Thesaurus words for "crank":
     L, Tartar, abnormal, aficionado, alien, angle, angle off, anomalous, apex, bar, beam, bear, bee, bellyacher, bend, bifurcate, bifurcation, bight, boom, boutade, brainstorm, branch, branks, buff, bug, cant, cant hook, capriccio, caprice, case, character, chevron, circle, circulate, circumrotate, circumvolute, claw bar, coin, complainant, complainer, conceit, corner, crab, crackbrain, crackpot, crank in, crankish, cranky, craze, crazy idea, croaker, crook, crosspatch, crotchet, crotchety, crow, crowbar, cucking stool, cuckoo, deflection, deviant, deviative, devotee, different, ding-a-ling, divergent, dogleg, dotty, dragon, draw in, draw taut, ducking stool, eccentric, elbow, ell, energumen, enthusiast, erratic, exceptional, fad, fan, fanatic, fanatico, fancy, fantastic notion, fantasy, faultfinder, feist, fey, finger pillory, fire-eater, flake, flaky, flimflam, fool notion, fork, freak, freakish, freakish inspiration, frondeur, funny, furcate, furcation, fury, go around, go round, griper, grizzly bear, grouch, grouser, growler, grumbler, gyrate, gyre, handspike, harebrain, harebrained idea, hermit, hobo, hook, hothead, hotspur, humor, idiocratic, idiosyncratic, infatuate, inflection, iron crow, irregular, jimmy, kicker, kink, kinky, knee, kook, kooky, kvetch, lever, limb, lone wolf, loner, lunatic, lunatic fringe, maggot, maggoty, malcontent, marlinespike, maverick, megrim, meshuggenah, monomaniac, murmurer, mutterer, natural, nonconformist, nook, notion, nut, nutty, odd, odd fellow, oddball, oddity, original, outrigger, outsider, pariah, passing fancy, peavey, peculiar, pedal, pillory, pinch bar, pirouette, pivot, point, prize, pry, pull in, queer, queer duck, queer fish, queer specimen, querulous person, quirk, quirky, quoin, rara avis, reactionary, reactionist, rebel, recluse, reel, reel in, revolve, ripping bar, rotate, round, screw, screwball, screwy, singular, solitary, sorehead, sourpuss, spar, spin, stocks, strange, strange duck, swerve, swing, swivel, tackle, tauten, tighten, toy, tramp, treadle, treadmill, trebuchet, triangle, triangles, trim, turn, turn a pirouette, turn around, turn round, twist, twisted, type, ugly customer, unconventional, unnatural, vagary, veer, vertex, wacky, wamble, weirdo, wheel, whim, whim-wham, whimsical, whimsy, whiner, whipping post, winch, wind, wind in, windlass, wooden horse, wrecking bar, zag, zealot, zig, zigzag


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