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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Crane, Stephen Crane(noun)

    United States writer (1871-1900)

  2. Crane, Hart Crane, Harold Hart Crane(noun)

    United States poet (1899-1932)

  3. Grus, Crane(noun)

    a small constellation in the southern hemisphere near Phoenix

  4. crane(noun)

    lifts and moves heavy objects; lifting tackle is suspended from a pivoted boom that rotates around a vertical axis

  5. crane(verb)

    large long-necked wading bird of marshes and plains in many parts of the world

  6. crane, stretch out(verb)

    stretch (the neck) so as to see better

    "The women craned their necks to see the President drive by"


  1. crane(Noun)

    A large bird of the order Gruiformes and the family Gruidae having long legs and a long neck which it extends when flying.

  2. crane(Noun)

    A mechanical lifting device, often used for lifting heavy loads for industrial or construction purposes.

  3. crane(Verb)

    To extend (one's neck).

  4. crane(Verb)

    To raise or lower with a crane.

  5. Origin: Old English cran, from kran-, from gerh₂-.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Crane(noun)

    a measure for fresh herrings, -- as many as will fill a barrel

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. Crane(noun)

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

  5. Crane(noun)

    a siphon, or bent pipe, for drawing liquors out of a cask

  6. Crane(noun)

    a forked post or projecting bracket to support spars, etc., -- generally used in pairs. See Crotch, 2

  7. Crane(verb)

    to cause to rise; to raise or lift, as by a crane; -- with up

  8. Crane(verb)

    to stretch, as a crane stretches its neck; as, to crane the neck disdainfully

  9. Crane(verb)

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

  10. Origin: [Scot., fr. Gael. crann.]


  1. Crane

    Cranes are a clade of large, long-legged and long-necked birds in the group Gruiformes. There are fifteen species of crane in four genera. Unlike the similar-looking but unrelated herons, cranes fly with necks outstretched, not pulled back. Cranes live on all continents except Antarctica and South America. Most species of cranes are at the least classified as threatened, if not critically endangered, within their range. The plight of the Whooping Cranes of North America inspired some of the first US legislation to protect endangered species. They are opportunistic feeders that change their diet according to the season and their own nutrient requirements. They eat a range of items from suitably sized small rodents, fish, amphibians, and insects, to grain, berries, and plants. Cranes construct platform nests in shallow water, and typically lay two eggs at a time. Both parents help to rear the young, which remain with them until the next breeding season. Some species and populations of cranes migrate over long distances; others do not migrate at all. Cranes are solitary during the breeding season, occurring in pairs, but during the non-breeding season they are gregarious, forming large flocks where their numbers are sufficient.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Crane

    krān, n. a large wading bird, with long legs, neck, and bill: a bent pipe for drawing liquor out of a cask: a machine for raising heavy weights—both named from their likeness to the bird.—v.t. to raise with a crane.—v.i. to stretch out the neck: to pull up before a jump.—ns. Cran′age, the use of a crane: the price paid for the use of it; Crane′-fly, a genus of dipterous insects, nearly allied to the gnats, with very long legs.—adj. Crane′-necked.—n. Crane's′-bill, the Geranium, from a lengthened appendage of the seed-vessel. [A.S. cran; Ger. kranich, W. garan.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. crane

    A machine for raising and lowering great weights, by which timber and stores are hoisted upon wharfs, &c. Also, a kind of catapult for casting stones in ancient warfare. Also, pieces of iron, or timber at a vessel's sides, used to stow boats or spars upon. Also, as many fresh or green unsalted herrings as would fill a barrel.

Editors Contribution

  1. crane

    A type of industrial machinery created and designed in various colors, materials, mechanisms, sizes and shapes used to lift various things.

    A crane is used in various places e.g. shipyard, building site, construction, dockyards etc. and have different designs and mechanisms.

    Submitted by MaryC on September 17, 2015  

Anagrams for crane »

  1. caner, Caren, nacre, rance

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of crane in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of crane in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of crane in a Sentence

  1. Nick Shumlanski:

    It was a disaster, we had a crane lifting the bus.

  2. Tim McConnell:

    Our biggest fear right now is the crane, it weighs several tons.

  3. Karl Koscher:

    The security of the system is now relying on the security of Michael Crane phone.

  4. Pennsylvania Turnpike:

    Borrowing a crane from PennDOT, both goats were rescued and safely returned to their home.

  5. Collin Arnold:

    The engineers determined that the other crane is just as risky. these cranes are both in a bad situation.

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