- 1 (Mechanics)Example sentences
- The connecting rods connected directly to a crank on the rear axle.
- The crank shaft turns the piston's up and down motion into circular motion just like a crank on a jack-in-the-box does.
- One way of detecting a bent crank or a bent pedal spindle is to pedal backwards.
(hacer) arrancar con la manivelaExample sentences
- Imagine your commanders surprise when you crank up the engine and hover over the Garage!
- Otherwise, we would still be running steam engines and have to crank up our car to start it every morning.
- ‘Later,’ he replied as he watched her climb into her small black 2000 Volkswagen Beetle and cranked the engine.
- I longingly imagined the downstairs bathroom: an old woman cranking the handle of the paper towel dispenser.
- He would crank the handle at varying rates of speed.
- You can recharge the Coleman Sentinel in any household outlet, or when the power is out, just crank the handle.
- 1 (eccentric)Example sentences
- I've also been labelled the ‘eccentric crank of Eldwick’ by a party with an equally cranky name.
- Their achievement is to have overcome being labelled cranks to make a real impact on the crucial environmental debate.
- The consumption of sugar still goes up despite all the fanatical attacks from health cranks.
- 2 (US) (bad-tempered person)Example sentences
- In fact, he became the worst crank and complainer I have ever seen even to the point of letting his temper erupt in public.
- And everybody - save for a few old lefty cranks like me - will be content.
- Maybe I'm some old crank complaining about hills and snow and how kids should take more cod liver these days.
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