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, crosspatch(noun)

    a bad-tempered person

  2. crackpot, crank, nut, nut case, fruitcake, screwball(noun)

    a whimsically eccentric person

  3. methamphetamine, methamphetamine hydrochloride, Methedrine, meth, deoxyephedrine, chalk, chicken feed, crank, glass, ice, shabu, trash(noun)

    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, starter(adj)

    a hand tool consisting of a rotating shaft with parallel handle

  5. crank, cranky, tender, tippy(verb)

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

  6. zigzag, crank(verb)

    travel along a zigzag path

    "The river zigzags through the countryside"

  7. crank, crank up(verb)

    start by cranking

    "crank up the engine"

  8. crank, crank up(verb)

    rotate with a crank

  9. crank(verb)

    fasten with a crank

  10. crank(verb)

    bend into the shape of a crank

Wiktionary

  1. crank(Noun)

    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. crank(Noun)

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

    Yes, a crank was all it needed to start.

  3. crank(Noun)

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

  4. crank(Noun)

    An ill-tempered or nasty person

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

  5. crank(Noun)

    methamphetamine.

    Danny got abscesses from shooting all that bathtub crank.

  6. crank(Noun)

    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. crank(Noun)

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

  8. crank(Noun)

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

  9. crank(Verb)

    To turn a crank.

  10. crank(Verb)

    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. crank(Verb)

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

    Quit cranking about your spilt milk!

  12. crank(Verb)

    To produce or present a desired object.

    Crank out the beer!

  13. crank(Verb)

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

  14. crank(Adjective)

    Strange, weird, odd.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Crank(noun)

    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

    Etymology: [See Crank, n.]

  2. Crank(noun)

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

    Etymology: [See Crank, n.]

  3. Crank(noun)

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

    Etymology: [See Crank, n.]

  4. Crank(noun)

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

    Etymology: [See Crank, n.]

  5. Crank(noun)

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

    Etymology: [See Crank, n.]

  6. Crank(noun)

    a sick person; an invalid

    Etymology: [See Crank, n.]

  7. Crank(noun)

    sick; infirm

    Etymology: [See Crank, n.]

  8. Crank(noun)

    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

    Etymology: [See Crank, n.]

  9. Crank(noun)

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

    Etymology: [See Crank, n.]

  10. Crank(noun)

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

    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. crank(Noun/Verb/Adverb/adj)

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

  2. crank(Noun/Verb/Adverb/adj)

    Damn cave bitch tried to Crank me -- Jordan

  3. crank(Noun/Verb/Adverb/adj)

    That shit was Crank -- Jordan

  4. crank(Noun/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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How to say crank in sign language?

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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. 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.

  2. Cyril Connolly:

    I review novels to make money, because it is easier for a sluggard to write an article a fortnight than a book a year, because the writer is soothed by the opiate of action, the crank by posing as a good journalist, and having an air hole. I dislike it. I do it and I am always resolving to give it up.

  3. Greg Maletic:

    The tactile sensation of controlling something with physical controls — and, yes, a crank — has value. It's fun and satisfying, in a way that fingers touching glass isn't.

  4. Hank Marvin:

    I’ve found that sometimes when I get to some of the solos on numbers I’ve been doing since the early 90s, to play it with my normal ‘clean’ sound leaves something wanting. If I crank the amp a little, I get a bit more sustain and can do a little more with it. More voice-like, if you like.

  5. Greg McKenna:

    The Russians have always struck me as production cut tourists keen to get off the boat and crank up production as soon as inventories were stabilized and prices once again elevated ... That possibility is top of the mind for traders and as a result oil prices are slipping.

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Translations for crank

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  • коляно, манивела, чудакBulgarian
  • manetaCatalan, Valencian
  • klikaCzech
  • Sonderling, Spinner, Kurbel, Kurbeln, Miesepeter, KauzGerman
  • στρόφαλος, μονομανής, λοξίαςGreek
  • cascarrabias, manivela, maniáticoSpanish
  • veivaaminen, mutka, pyörittää, marmattaa, kääkkä, pyöräyttää, veivaus, veivi, kampeaminen, kammeta, veivata, kränkkä, känkkäränkkä, valittaa, käänne, kampiFinnish
  • manivelleFrench
  • crangaidIrish
  • tukoki, tūkokikokiMāori
  • manivelaPortuguese
  • învârtire, maniac, manivelă, rotireRomanian
  • крюк, чуда́к, кривоши́п, поворо́т, изги́бRussian
  • čùdāk, čudàkinjaSerbo-Croatian
  • kľuka, roztociť, vypeckovaťSlovak
  • vev, veva, vevningSwedish
  • çevirme, huysuz, kelime oyunu, kol, manivela, kimseTurkish

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