What does crank mean?

Definitions for crank
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Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word crank.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. grouch, grump, crank, churl, crosspatchnoun

    a bad-tempered person

  2. crackpot, crank, nut, nut case, fruitcake, screwballnoun

    a whimsically eccentric person

  3. methamphetamine, methamphetamine hydrochloride, Methedrine, meth, deoxyephedrine, chalk, chicken feed, crank, glass, ice, shabu, trashnoun

    an amphetamine derivative (trade name Methedrine) used in the form of a crystalline hydrochloride; used as a stimulant to the nervous system and as an appetite suppressant

  4. crank, starteradjective

    a hand tool consisting of a rotating shaft with parallel handle

  5. crank, cranky, tender, tippyverb

    (used of boats) inclined to heel over easily under sail

  6. zigzag, crankverb

    travel along a zigzag path

    "The river zigzags through the countryside"

  7. crank, crank upverb

    start by cranking

    "crank up the engine"

  8. crank, crank upverb

    rotate with a crank

  9. crankverb

    fasten with a crank

  10. crankverb

    bend into the shape of a crank

Wiktionary

  1. cranknoun

    A bent piece of an axle, or shaft, or an arm attached at right angles to the end of a shaft or wheel, used to impart a circular action to a wheel or other mechanical device and create power; also used to change circular into reciprocating motion, or reciprocating into circular motion.

    Use the crank on the motorcycle and go for a ride.

  2. cranknoun

    The act of converting power into motion, by turning a crankshaft.

    Yes, a crank was all it needed to start.

  3. cranknoun

    Any bend, turn, or winding, as of a passage.

  4. cranknoun

    An ill-tempered or nasty person

    Billy-Bob is a nasty, old crank! He chased my cat away.

  5. cranknoun

    methamphetamine.

    Danny got abscesses from shooting all that bathtub crank.

  6. cranknoun

    A person who is considered strange or odd by others. They may behave in unconventional ways.

    John is a crank because he talks to himself.

  7. cranknoun

    A twist or turn in speech; a conceit consisting in a change of the form or meaning of a word.

  8. cranknoun

    A ship which, because of insufficient or poorly stowed ballast or cargo, is in danger of overturning.

  9. crankverb

    To turn a crank.

  10. crankverb

    To cause to spin via other means, as though turned by a crank.

    I turn the key and crank the engine; yet it doesn't turn over

  11. crankverb

    To act in a cranky manner; to behave unreasonably and irritably, especially through complaining.

    Quit cranking about your spilt milk!

  12. crankverb

    To produce or present a desired object.

    Crank out the beer!

  13. crankverb

    To run with a winding course; to double; to crook; to wind and turn.

  14. crankadjective

    Strange, weird, odd.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cranknoun

    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

  2. Cranknoun

    any bend, turn, or winding, as of a passage

  3. Cranknoun

    a twist or turn in speech; a conceit consisting in a change of the form or meaning of a word

  4. Cranknoun

    a twist or turn of the mind; caprice; whim; crotchet; also, a fit of temper or passion

  5. Cranknoun

    a person full of crotchets; one given to fantastic or impracticable projects; one whose judgment is perverted in respect to a particular matter

  6. Cranknoun

    a sick person; an invalid

  7. Cranknoun

    sick; infirm

  8. Cranknoun

    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

  9. Cranknoun

    full of spirit; brisk; lively; sprightly; overconfident; opinionated

  10. Cranknoun

    to run with a winding course; to double; to crook; to wind and turn

  11. Etymology: [See Crank, n.]

Freebase

  1. Crank

    Crank is a 2006 American action film written and directed by Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor and starring Jason Statham, Amy Smart, Jose Pablo Cantillo, Efren Ramirez and Dwight Yoakam. The plot centers on a British hitman in Los Angeles named Chev Chelios who is poisoned and must keep his adrenaline flowing constantly in order to keep himself alive, and in so doing causes mayhem, gets into fights with other gangsters, has altercations with the police, and takes numerous drugs. The title of the film comes from the slang word for methamphetamine. Produced and distributed by Lakeshore Entertainment and Lions Gate Films, it was released in the United States on September 1, 2006 in 2,515 theaters. The film was generally well received.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Crank

    krangk, n. a crook or bend: a conceit in speech: a whim: (mach.) a lever or arm on a shaft, driven by hand or by a connecting-rod, its object being to convert reciprocating motion into rotary motion.—v.i. to move in a zizag manner.—v.t. to shape like a crank: to provide with a crank.—adj. crooked: crabbed: loose or slack.—adv. Crank′ily.—n. Crank′iness.—adj. Crank′y, crooked: infirm: full of whims: cross. [M. E. kranke—A.S. crincan, to yield; cf. Ger. krank.]

  2. Crank

    krangk, adj. brisk: merry. [Origin unknown.]

  3. Crank

    krangk, Crank-sided, krangk-sī′ded, adj. (naut.) liable to be upset—n. Crank′ness, liability to be upset. [Ety. uncertain.]

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. crank

    [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.”

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. crank

    A vessel, by her construction or her stowage, inclined to lean over a great deal, or from insufficient ballast or cargo incapable of carrying sail, without danger of overturning. The opposite term is stiff, or the quality of standing well up to her canvas.--Cranky expresses a foolish capriciousness. Ships built too deep in proportion to their breadth are notoriously crank.--Crank by the ground, is a ship whose floor is so narrow that she cannot be brought on the ground without danger.

Rap Dictionary

  1. cranknoun/verb/adverb/adj

    It can mean anything you want it to mean, in any circumstance.

  2. cranknoun/verb/adverb/adj

    Damn cave bitch tried to Crank me -- Jordan

  3. cranknoun/verb/adverb/adj

    That shit was Crank -- Jordan

  4. cranknoun/verb/adverb/adj

    That was the Crankest thing ever, it was so tight. -- Brad

Etymology and Origins

  1. Crank

    One whose notions of things are angular, eccentric, or crooked. His ideas do not run in a straight line.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of crank in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of crank in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of crank in a Sentence

  1. Hyatt Green:

    In some areas, it's not practical, but in a lot of areas, it is. If Hyatt Green have surveillance set up ahead of time and can crank it up at the beginning when Hyatt Green first hear about the possibility of an outbreak, Hyatt Green can use the platform as an early warning system. That would give us days or weeks lead time in coping with the pandemic or epidemic.

  2. Anthony Falco:

    Brush the pan with olive oil, stick your dough in there, put your toppings on, crank up your oven as high it will go, leave it in for 15 to 20 minutes, [and you] have a pan-style pizza.

  3. Heywood:

    Just as every conviction begins as a whim so does every emancipator serve his apprenticeship as a crank. A fanatic is a great leader who is just entering the room.

  4. Michael Cusumano:

    Zhang is a CEO with tremendous foresight, he's not just sitting back trying to crank out refrigerators. He's trying to think about what the company can become.

  5. Jamie Lynn:

    We have now lost — I don’t want to tell you how many cats — because they don’t hear the Tesla crank and unfortunate things happen and it’s really devastating and tragic for everyone involved.

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Translations for crank

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  • коляно, манивела, чудакBulgarian
  • manetaCatalan, Valencian
  • klikaCzech
  • Miesepeter, Kurbel, Kurbeln, Kauz, Spinner, SonderlingGerman
  • στρόφαλος, μονομανής, λοξίαςGreek
  • cascarrabias, manivela, maniáticoSpanish
  • veivi, käänne, känkkäränkkä, kampeaminen, valittaa, kammeta, veivata, kränkkä, veivaus, kampi, pyöräyttää, kääkkä, marmattaa, pyörittää, mutka, veivaaminenFinnish
  • manivelleFrench
  • crangaidIrish
  • tūkokikoki, tukokiMāori
  • manivelaPortuguese
  • manivelă, rotire, învârtire, maniacRomanian
  • кривоши́п, поворо́т, изги́б, крюк, чуда́кRussian
  • čudàkinja, čùdākSerbo-Croatian
  • vypeckovať, roztociť, kľukaSlovak
  • vevning, veva, vevSwedish
  • kol, manivela, huysuz, çevirme, kimse, kelime oyunuTurkish

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