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English Dictionary: crank by the DICT Development Group
6 results for crank
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
crank
adj
  1. (used of boats) inclined to heel over easily under sail
    Synonym(s): crank, cranky, tender, tippy
n
  1. a bad-tempered person [syn: grouch, grump, crank, churl, crosspatch]
  2. a whimsically eccentric person
    Synonym(s): crackpot, crank, nut, nut case, fruitcake, screwball
  3. 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
    Synonym(s): methamphetamine, methamphetamine hydrochloride, Methedrine, meth, deoxyephedrine, chalk, chicken feed, crank, glass, ice, shabu, trash
  4. a hand tool consisting of a rotating shaft with parallel handle
    Synonym(s): crank, starter
v
  1. travel along a zigzag path; "The river zigzags through the countryside"
    Synonym(s): zigzag, crank
  2. start by cranking; "crank up the engine"
    Synonym(s): crank, crank up
  3. rotate with a crank
    Synonym(s): crank, crank up
  4. fasten with a crank
  5. bend into the shape of a crank
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Crank \Crank\ (kr?nk), a. [AS. cranc weak; akin to Icel. krangr,
      D. & G. krank sick, weak (cf. D. krengen to careen). Cf.
      {Crank}, n.]
      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;
            opinionated.
  
                     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.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Crank \Crank\ (kr?nk), n. [OE. cranke; akin to E. cringe,
      cringle, crinkle, and to crank, a., the root meaning,
      probably, [bd]to turn, twist.[b8] 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.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Crank \Crank\, v. i. [See {Crank}, n.]
      To run with a winding course; to double; to crook; to wind
      and turn.
  
               See how this river comes me cranking in. --Shak.

From Jargon File (4.2.0, 31 JAN 2000) [jargon]:
   crank vt.   [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."
  
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (15Feb98) [foldoc]:
   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."
  
      [{Jargon File}]
  
      (1994-12-01)
  
  
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