crane, v. i. to reach forward with head and neck, in order to see better; as, a hunter cranes forward before taking a leap.
The passengers eagerly craning forward over the bulwarks. --Howells.
Cran Crane, n. A measure for fresh herrings, -- as many as will fill a barrel. [Scot.]
1. Zool. A wading bird of the genus Grus, and allied genera, of various species, having a long, straight bill, and long legs and neck.
Note: ☞ The common European crane is Grus cinerea. The sand-hill crane (Grus Mexicana) and the whooping crane (Grus Americana) are large American species. The Balearic or crowned crane is Balearica pavonina. The name is sometimes erroneously applied to the herons and cormorants.
2. Any arm which swings about a vertical axis at one end, used for supporting a suspended weight.
3. 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. An iron arm with horizontal motion, attached to the side or back of a fireplace, for supporting kettles, etc., over a fire.
5. A siphon, or bent pipe, for drawing liquors out of a cask.
6. Naut. A forked post or projecting bracket to support spars, etc., -- generally used in pairs. See Crotch, 2.
7. Zool. The American blue heron (Ardea herodias). [Local, U. S.]
Crane fly Zool., a dipterous insect with long legs, of the genus Tipula.
Derrick crane. See Derrick.
Gigantic crane. Zool. See Adjutant, n., 3.
Traveling crane, Traveler crane, Traversing crane Mach., a crane mounted on wheels; esp., an overhead crane consisting of a crab or other hoisting apparatus traveling on rails or beams fixed overhead, as in a machine shop or foundry.
Water crane, a kind of hydrant with a long swinging spout, for filling locomotive tenders, water carts, etc., with water.
Crane v. t. [imp. & p. p. Craned p. pr. & vb. n. Craning.]
1. To cause to rise; to raise or lift, as by a crane; -- with up. [R.]
What engines, what instruments are used in craning up a soul, sunk below the center, to the highest heavens. --Bates.
An upstart craned up to the height he has. --Massinger.
2. To stretch, as a crane stretches its neck; as, to crane the neck disdainfully.
n 1: United States writer (1871-1900) [syn: Stephen Crane]
2: United States poet (1899-1932) [syn: Hart Crane, Harold
3: lifts and moves heavy objects; lifting tackle is suspended
from a pivoted boom that rotates around a vertical axis
4: large long-necked wading bird of marshes and plains in many
parts of the world
v : stretch (the neck) so as to see better; "The women craned
their necks to see the President drive by" [syn: stretch
(Isa. 38:14; Jer. 8:7). In both of these passages the Authorized
Version has reversed the Hebrew order of the words. "Crane or
swallow" should be "swallow or crane," as in the Revised
Version. The rendering is there correct. The Hebrew for crane is
_'agur_, the Grus cincerea, a bird well known in Palestine. It
is migratory, and is distinguished by its loud voice, its cry
being hoarse and melancholy.