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Crane definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

CRANE, n. [Gr., the plant, cranes-bill.]
1. A migratory fowl of the genus Ardea, belonging to the grallic order. The bill is straight, sharp and long, with a furrow from the nostrils towards the point; the nostrils are linear, and the feet have four toes. These fowls have long legs, and a long neck, being destined to wade and seek their food among grass and reeds in marshy grounds. The common crane is about four feet in length, of a slender body, with ash-coloured feathers.
2. A machine for raising great weights, consisting of a horizontal arm, or piece of timber, projecting from a post, and furnished with a tackle or pulley.
3. A siphon, or crooked pipe for drawing liquors out of a cask.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: United States writer (1871-1900) [syn: Crane, Stephen Crane]
2: United States poet (1899-1932) [syn: Crane, Hart Crane, Harold Hart Crane]
3: a small constellation in the southern hemisphere near Phoenix [syn: Grus, Crane]
4: lifts and moves heavy objects; lifting tackle is suspended from a pivoted boom that rotates around a vertical axis
5: large long-necked wading bird of marshes and plains in many parts of the world v
1: stretch (the neck) so as to see better; "The women craned their necks to see the President drive by" [syn: crane, stretch out]

Merriam Webster's

I. biographical name (Harold) Hart 1899-1932 American poet II. biographical name Stephen 1871-1900 American writer III. biographical name Walter 1845-1915 English artist

Merriam Webster's

I. noun Etymology: Middle English cran, from Old English; akin to Old High German krano crane, Greek geranos, Latin grus Date: before 12th century 1. any of a family (Gruidae of the order Gruiformes) of tall wading birds superficially resembling the herons but structurally more nearly related to the rails 2. any of several herons 3. an often horizontal projection swinging about a vertical axis: as a. a machine for raising, shifting, and lowering heavy weights by means of a projecting swinging arm or with the hoisting apparatus supported on an overhead track b. an iron arm in a fireplace for supporting kettles c. a boom for holding a motion-picture or television camera II. verb (craned; craning) Date: 1570 transitive verb 1. to raise or lift by or as if by a crane 2. to stretch (as the neck) toward an object of attention <craning her neck to get a better view> intransitive verb 1. to stretch one's neck toward an object of attention <I craned out of the window of my compartment Webb Waldron> 2. hesitate

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. & v. --n. 1 a machine for moving heavy objects, usu. by suspending them from a projecting arm or beam. 2 any tall wading bird of the family Gruidae, with long legs, long neck, and straight bill. 3 a moving platform supporting a television camera or cine-camera. --v.tr. 1 (also absol.) stretch out (one's neck) in order to see something. 2 tr. move (an object) by a crane. Phrases and idioms: crane-fly (pl. -flies) any fly of the family Tipulidae, having two wings and long legs: also called daddy-long-legs. Etymology: OE cran, rel. to L grus, Gk geranos

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Crane Crane, n. 1. Any arm which swings about a vertical axis at one end, used for supporting a suspended weight. 2. (Zo["o]l.) The American blue heron (Ardea herodias). [Local, U. S.]

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Cran Cran (kr[a^]n), Crane Crane (kr[=a]n), n. [Scot., fr. Gael. crann.] A measure for fresh herrings, -- as many as will fill a barrel. [Scot.] --H. Miller.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Crane Crane (kr[=a]n), n. [AS. cran; akin to D. & LG. craan, G. kranich, krahn (this in sense 2), Gr. ge`ranos, L. grus, W. & Armor. garan, OSlav. zerav[i^], Lith. gerve, Icel. trani, Sw. trana, Dan. trane. [root]24. Cf. Geranium.] 1. (Zo["o]l.) 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 (G. Mexicana) and the whooping crane (G. 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. 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. 3. An iron arm with horizontal motion, attached to the side or back of a fireplace, for supporting kettles, etc., over a fire. 4. A siphon, or bent pipe, for drawing liquors out of a cask. 5. (Naut.) A forked post or projecting bracket to support spars, etc., -- generally used in pairs. See Crotch, 2. Crane fly (Zo["o]l.), a dipterous insect with long legs, of the genus Tipula. Derrick crane. See Derrick. Gigantic crane. (Zo["o]l.) 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.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Crane Crane (kr[=a]n), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Craned (kr[=a]nd); 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. --G. Eliot.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

crane crane, v. i. to reach forward with head and neck, in order to see better; as, a hunter cranes forward before taking a leap. --Beaconsfield. Thackeray. The passengers eagerly craning forward over the bulwarks. --Howells.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Crotch Crotch (kr?ch; 224), n.; pl. Crotches (-?z). [Cf. Crotchet, Crutch.] 1. The angle formed by the parting of two legs or branches; a fork; the point where a trunk divides; as, the crotch of a tree. 2. (Naut.) A stanchion or post of wood or iron, with two arms for supporting a boom, spare yards, etc.; -- called also crane and crutch. --Totten.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(cranes, craning, craned) 1. A crane is a large machine that moves heavy things by lifting them in the air. The little prefabricated hut was lifted away by a huge crane. N-COUNT 2. A crane is a kind of large bird with a long neck and long legs. N-COUNT 3. If you crane your neck or head, you stretch your neck in a particular direction in order to see or hear something better. She craned her neck to get a better view... Children craned to get close to him... She craned forward to look at me. VERB: V n, V to-inf, V adv/prep

Easton's Bible Dictionary

(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.

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

kran (`aghur; geranos; Latin Grus cinerea): A bird of the family gruidae. The crane is mentioned twice in the Bible: once on account of its voice (Isa 38:14: "Like a swallow or a crane, so did I chatter"); again because of the unforgettable picture these birds made in migration (Jer 8:7): "Yea, the stork in the heavens knoweth her appointed times; and the turtle-dove and the swallow and the crane observe the time of their coming; but my people know not the law of Yahweh." Some commentators have adduced reasons for dropping the crane from the ornithology of the Bible, but this never should be permitted. They were close relatives of stork, heron and ibis; almost as numerous as any of these, and residents of Palestine, except in migration. The two quotations concerning them fit with their history, and point out the two features that made them as noticeable as any birds of Palestine. Next to the ostrich and pelican they were the largest birds, having a wing sweep of 8 ft. from tip to tip and standing 4 ft. in height. In migration such immense flocks passed over Palestine as to darken the sky, and when they crossed the Red Sea they appeared to sweep from shore to shore, and so became the most noticeable migratory bird, for which reason, no doubt, they were included in Isaiah's reference to spring migration with the beloved doves, used in sacrifice and for caged pets, and with the swallows that were held almost sacred because they homed in temples. Not so many of them settled in Palestine as of the storks, but large flocks lived in the wilderness South of Jerusalem, and a few pairs homed near water as far north as Merom. The grayish-brown cranes were the largest, and there were also a crested, and a white crane. They nested on the ground or in trees and laid two large eggs, differing with species. The eggs of the brown bird were a light drab with brown speckles, and those of the white, rough, pale-blue with brown splotches. They were not so affectionate in pairs or to their young as storks, but were average parents. It is altogether probable that they were the birds intended by Isaiah, because they best suited his purpose, the crane and the swallow being almost incessant talkers among birds. The word "chatter," used in the Bible, exactly suits the notes of a swallow, but is much too feeble to be used in describing the vocalizing of the crane. They migrated in large wedge-shaped companies and cried constantly on wing. They talked incessantly while at the business of living, and even during the watches of the night they scarcely ceased passing along word that all was well, or sending abroad danger signals. The Arabs called the cry of the cranes "bellowing." We usually express it by whooping or trumpeting. Any of these words is sufficiently expressive to denote an unusual voice, used in an unusual manner, so that it appealed to the prophet as suitable for use in a strong comparison.

Gene Stratton-Porter

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