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crank 1

American English: /kræŋk/
British English: /kraŋk/

noun

  • 1 (Mech)
    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.

transitive verb

  • (car)
    (hacer) arrancar con la manivela
    Example 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.
    Example sentences
    • 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.

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crank 2
American English: /kræŋk/
British English: /kraŋk/

noun

[colloquial]
  • 1 (eccentric)
    maniático, (-ca) (masculine, feminine)
    raro, (-ra) (masculine, feminine)
    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 (American English) (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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