- 1Turn the crankshaft of (an internal combustion engine), typically in order to start the engine.More example sentences
start, turn (over), get going
- 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.
- 1.1Turn (a handle), typically in order to start an engine.More 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.
- 1.2 (crank something up) • informal Increase the intensity of something: he cranked up the foghorn to full volumeMore example sentences
- ‘Certainly, the upcoming address has cranked things up a notch,’ says a mainland military analyst.
- It got burnt cos I was impatient and cranked the heat up a notch.
- I found the CD of choice and popped it in, cranking the volume up as was my habit when I was upset.
- 1.3 (crank something out) • informal Produce something regularly and routinely: an army of researchers cranked out worthy studiesMore example sentences
- The new album was cranked out in only a few short weeks.
- Compared to the rest of the world, U.S. workers are cranking it out, pressed to do more and more.
- Last week I finally decided to sit down and crank it out, and it was maybe 3-4 days of work total.
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- 1A part of an axle or shaft bent out at right angles, for converting reciprocal to circular motion and vice versa.More 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.
- 2 • informal The drug methamphetamine.More example sentences
- He's assaulting the keys like Liberace on crank.
- Think twice before banging crank.
- Several nights ago I smoked crank, its probably the 4th or 5th time I've tried it now.
Old English cranc (recorded in crancstæf, denoting a weaver's implement), related to crincan (see cringe).
- 1An eccentric person, especially one who is obsessed by a particular subject or theory: when he first started to air his views, they labeled him a crank [as modifier]: I am used to getting crank calls from conspiracy theoristsMore 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.
- 1.1North American A bad-tempered person.[ mid 19th century: back-formation from cranky]More 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.
- 2 • literary A fanciful turn of speech.[ late 16th century: perhaps from a base meaning 'bent together, curled up', shared by Old English cranc (see crank1)]
adjectiveNautical , • archaic
- (Of a sailing ship) easily keeled over, especially by wind or sea through improper design or loading.More example sentences
- Imagine then, the situation of the Ranger's crew, with a top-heavy and crank ship under their feet.
- The fact that she was crank when empty would not prove her to be an unstable ship when loaded.