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Crank

Pronunciation: krăņk
n.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.
3.A twist or turn in speech; a conceit consisting in a change of the form or meaning of a word.
4.A twist or turn of the mind; caprice; whim; crotchet; also, a fit of temper or passion.
5.A person full of crotchets; one given to fantastic or impracticable projects; one whose judgment is perverted in respect to a particular matter.
6.A sick person; an invalid.
Thou art a counterfeit crank, a cheater.
- Burton.
Crank axle
(Mach.) a driving axle formed with a crank or cranks, as in some kinds of locomotives.
Crank pin
(Mach.) the cylindrical piece which forms the handle, or to which the connecting rod is attached, at the end of a crank, or between the arms of a double crank.
Crank shaft
a shaft bent into a crank, or having a crank fastened to it, by which it drives or is driven.
Crank wheel
a wheel acting as a crank, or having a wrist to which a connecting rod is attached.
a.1.Sick; infirm.
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; opinionated.
He who was, a little before, bedrid, . . . was now crank and lusty.
- Udall.
v. i.1.To run with a winding course; to double; to crook; to wind and turn.
Noun1.crank - a bad-tempered person
2.crank - a whimsically eccentric person
3.crank - amphetamine used in the form of a crystalline hydrochloride; used as a stimulant to the nervous system and as an appetite suppressant
4.crank - a hand tool consisting of a rotating shaft with parallel handle
Synonyms: starter
Verb1.crank - travel along a zigzag path; "The river zigzags through the countryside"
Synonyms: zigzag
2.crank - start by cranking; "crank up the engine"
Synonyms: crank up
3.crank - rotate with a crank
Synonyms: crank up
4.crank - fasten with a crank
5.crank - bend into the shape of a crank
Adj.1.crank - (used of boats) inclined to heel over easily under sail
Synonyms: cranky, tippy, tender
crank - (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 vectorised operations."
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