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Definition of Crank

Crank

  1. 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.
  7. Sick; infirm.
  8. 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.
  9. Full of spirit; brisk; lively; sprightly; overconfident; opinionated.
  10. To run with a winding course; to double; to crook; to wind and turn.

Crank Quotations

Photography used to be not for the faint of heart. Its rigors would weed out the not-so-committed pretty quickly. You had to crank the f-stop ring yourself!
Joe McNally

A person with a new idea is a crank until the idea succeeds.
Mark Twain

In Henry Adams, I discovered not only the prototype of the modern thinker but also someone who is more interesting: a viper-toothed, puling, supercilious crank, thwarted in ambition, aging gracelessly, mad at the cosmos, and ashamed of his own jejune ideals. He is nevertheless very dear to me.
P. J. O'Rourke

I am an enthusiast, but not a crank in the sense that I have some pet theories as to the proper construction of a flying machine. I wish to avail myself of all that is already known and then, if possible, add my mite to help on the future worker who will attain final success.
Wilbur Wright

When I'm skiing, I listen to electronic music. It's repetitive and let's me get into a groove and crank out the miles.
Ben Saunders
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Crank Translations

crank in Norwegian is sveiv
crank in Swedish is vev, original
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