- 1 [treated as singular or plural] A group of people who work on and operate a ship, aircraft, etc.: he was one of nine members of the crew killed when the plane went downMore example sentences
- In addition to training the ship's crew, there's the matter of getting the air crews shipshape.
- One member of the train crew was killed, and two nearby residents asphyxiated from breathing the gas.
- The railway is operated by fully trained crews and is open all day Monday to Friday, running each hour from 10 am to 4 pm.
- 1.1A group of people working on a ship, aircraft, etc. other than the officers: the ship’s captain and crew may be brought to trialMore example sentences
- The professionalism of the captain, officers and crew of the Wecoma contributed greatly to the success of the cruise.
- We thank the captains, officers and crew of the R.V L' Atalante and the Aguadomar and Caraval scientific teams for their efficient work at sea.
- It was an honor to dine at the captain's table, and indeed all the officers and crew were exceptional.
- 1.2 [mass noun] US The sport of rowing.More example sentences
- Obviously, it's the primary action in many crew and paddling sports.
- His one arena of success lay in rowing crew, setting the stage for a lifelong love of being on water.
- Crew wasn't a school-sanctioned sport, so it had no money and no truck to haul the new boat to American Lake in Tacoma.
- 2A group of people who work closely together: a film crewMore example sentences
- Residents had called the police who, together with a NSW Ambulance rescue crew, mounted a search in the drain.
- It is the latest in a seemingly increasing phenomenon of attacks on ambulance crews and firefighters while on duty.
- Emergency workers like firefighters, ambulance crews and nurses need to be fully protected.
- 2.1 • informal , often • derogatory A group of people associated in some way: a crew of assorted computer geeksMore example sentences
- I moved into a new place, started playing sports again, and I now have a totally great crew of close friends!
- Oddly enough, when most of my friends and relatives were rooting for Dorothy and her crew, I was on the side of the Witch.
- Don't invite your new gang to your old crew's annual end-of-summer outdoor bash.
- 2.2 • informal , chiefly US A group of rappers, break dancers, or graffiti artists performing or operating together: a graffiti crew called the SyndicateMore example sentences
- The interactive animated drama, based on the lives of a crew of graffiti artists, attracted almost 40,000 unique user agents to the minisite.
- Scutt follows a crew of Melbourne graffiti artists around for one night.
- With the UK swarming with young grime crews and artists; can old skool feel-good music (as Luck calls it) survive?
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- 1Provide (a craft or vehicle) with a group of people to operate it: normally the boat is crewed by five peopleMore example sentences
- The staff that crewed the vehicles worked for six weeks, on standby 24 hours a day, seven days a week, before they got a week off.
- The purpose-built yacht is crewed by four to five professional sailors, out of whom only the skipper is paid a salary.
- Once Jenna and Allison had sat down she said, ‘As you know this ship is primarily crewed by the engineering staff, rather than military crew.’
- 1.1 [no object] Act as a member of a crew, subordinate to a captain: I’ve never crewed for a world-famous yachtsman beforeMore example sentences
- Anna tasted success on the world stage two years ago, when she crewed for her big sister Katie when they were the first all girl boat in the World Championships in Hobart, Tasmania.
- Ed and Joe got involved with the round-Britain challenge when they crewed for the owners John and Lisa Forbes to bring the yacht to Plymouth.
- Noyes, 47, crewed for Krause from 1983 to 1993 and didn't begin driving until 1994.
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- The famous sailor dance mimicked the movement of drunk, rowdy crewmen.
- He was flying in a Wessex helicopter when he realised one of the crewmen was struggling to get the sailor into a strop and haul him to safety.
- Three had returned to Moscow, while one crewman left to take up employment in a Sligo factory.
late Middle English: from Old French creue 'augmentation, increase', feminine past participle of croistre 'grow', from Latin crescere. The original sense was 'band of soldiers serving as reinforcements'; hence it came to denote any organized armed band or, generally, a company of people (late 16th century).