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hand crank

Syllabification: hand crank

Definition of hand crank in English:

noun

A crank that is turned by hand.
Example sentences
  • The hammer was soon replaced by a magneto powered with a hand crank.
  • Private Confederate citizens built the Hunley, a primitive submarine powered by a hand crank.
  • The ‘twittering’ in the title doubtless refers to the birds, while the ‘machine’ is suggested by the hand crank.

verb

(hand-crank) [with object] Back to top  
Operate (a device) by turning a crank by hand.
Example sentences
  • While Goffe's ‘inferior’ knitter was sold in New York City, the most likely hand-cranked knitting machine was that of Jonas B. Aiken.
  • For example, on reading Fara's chapter titled ‘Robert Boyle and the Air-pump,’ one might infer that Boyle invented the first hand-cranked vacuum pump.
  • In 1846 the first hand-cranked ice cream machine was made by Nancy Johnston, the dessert became a favorite summer past time in American households.

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