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Definition of Crank
CrankCrank Crank (kr?nk), 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.
2. Any bend, turn, or winding, as of a passage.
So many turning cranks these have, so many crooks.
--Spenser. CrankCrank Crank (kr?nk), a. [AS. cranc weak; akin to Icel. krangr,
D. & G. krank sick, weak (cf. D. krengen to careen). Cf.
1. Sick; infirm. [Prov. Eng.]
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.
3. Full of spirit; brisk; lively; sprightly; overconfident;
He who was, a little before, bedrid, . . . was now
crank and lusty. --Udall.
If you strong electioners did not think you were
among the elect, you would not be so crank about it.
--Mrs. Stowe. CrankCrank Crank, v. i. [See Crank, n.]
To run with a winding course; to double; to crook; to wind
See how this river comes me cranking in. --Shak.
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