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Definition of 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

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

People like 'Crank,' some people like 'Redemption.' I'm just happy to do things that satiate a different part of me, that test me a little bit.
Jason Statham

Time travel was once considered scientific heresy, and I used to avoid talking about it for fear of being labelled a 'crank.'
Stephen Hawking

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'm not the fastest writer. I can't just crank out ideas that are good enough.
Amy Lee
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Crank Translations

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