Definition of hand crank in English:

hand crank

Syllabification: hand crank


  • A crank that is turned by hand.
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    • 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.


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  • Operate (a device) by turning a crank by hand.
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    • 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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