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crank1 / krangk/ • v. [tr.] 1. turn the crankshaft of (an internal combustion engine), typically in order to start the engine. ∎  turn (a handle), typically in order to start an engine. ∎  (crank something up) inf. increase the intensity of something: he cranked up the foghorn to full volume. ∎  (crank something out) inf. produce something regularly and routinely: an army of researchers cranked out worthy studies. 2. [usu. as adj.] (cranked) give a bend to (a shaft, bar, etc.). • n. 1. a part of an axle or shaft bent out at right angles, for converting reciprocal to circular motion and vice versa. 2. inf. methamphetamine. crank2 • n. 1. an eccentric person, esp. one who is obsessed by a particular subject or theory. ∎  a bad-tempered person. 2. poetic/lit. a fanciful turn of speech. • adj. originating from or denoting a malicious or mischievous person: she was the target of a rash of crank calls. crank3 • adj. archaic Naut. (of a sailing ship) easily keeled over, esp. by wind or sea through improper design or loading.

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crank, mechanical linkage consisting of a bar attached to a pivot at one of its ends in such a way that it is capable of rotating through a complete circle about the pivot. One of the principal uses of a crank is to turn reciprocating, or back and forth, motion into rotary motion or vice versa. A bell crank is one designed to change the direction of a linear motion.

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crank 1 portion of an axle bent at right angles. OE. cranc in crancstæf weaver's implement, rel. to crinċan (rare), parallel to crinġan fall in battle, of which the primary meaning appears to have been ‘bend up, crook, curl up’, hence ‘shrink, give way, become weak’; cf. (M)HG., Du. krank sick, ill. Cf. CRINGE, CRINKLE.

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crank 2 †bend, crook; fanciful turn of speech XVI; crotchet, whim; (orig. U.S., back-formation from CRANKY) eccentric or crotchety person XIX. prob. ult. identical with prec.

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crank 3 (naut.) liable to capsize. XVII (also cranke sided). perh. to be connected with crank adj. crabbed, awkward (XVIII), infirm, shaky (XIX), and CRANK 1.

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