- From the verb crane: (⇒ conjugate)
- craned is: ⓘClick the infinitive to see all available inflections
- v pastverb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed."
- v past pverb, past participle: Verb form used descriptively or to form verbs--for example, "the locked door," "The door has been locked."
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
crane /kreɪn/USA pronunciation
n., v., craned, cran•ing. n. [countable]
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
- Birdsa large wading bird with long legs, bill, and neck.
- Mechanical Engineeringa large device for lifting and moving very heavy objects.
- to stretch (the neck) as a crane does, esp. to see better: [no object]She craned to see what had stopped the cars ahead.[~ + object]He craned his neck to see who was ahead of him.
(krān),USA pronunciation n., v., craned, cran•ing. n.
- Birdsany large wading bird of the family Gruidae, characterized by long legs, bill, and neck and an elevated hind toe.
- Birds(not used scientifically) any of various similar birds of other families, as the great blue heron.
- Mechanical Engineering[Mach.]a device for lifting and moving heavy weights in suspension.
- any of various similar devices, as a horizontally swinging arm by a fireplace, used for suspending pots over the fire.
- Cinema, Radio and Television[Motion Pictures, Television.]a vehicle having a long boom on which a camera can be mounted for taking shots from high angles.
- [Naut.]any of a number of supports for a boat or spare spar on the deck or at the side of a vessel.
- (cap.) [Astron.]the constellation Grus.
- Mechanical Engineeringto hoist, lower, or move by or as by a crane.
- to stretch (the neck) as a crane does.
- to stretch out one's neck, esp. to see better.
- to hesitate at danger, difficulty, etc.
(krān),USA pronunciation n.
- bef. 1000; Middle English; Old English cran; cognate with German Kran, Greek géranos
- Biographical(Harold) Hart, 1899–1932, U.S. poet.
- BiographicalStephen, 1871–1900, U.S. novelist, poet, and short-story writer.
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crane /kreɪn/ n
- any large long-necked long-legged wading bird of the family Gruidae, inhabiting marshes and plains in most parts of the world except South America, New Zealand, and Indonesia: order Gruiformes
See also demoiselle
- (not in ornithological use) any similar bird, such as a heron
- a device for lifting and moving heavy objects, typically consisting of a moving boom, beam, or gantry from which lifting gear is suspended
See also gantry
- a large trolley carrying a boom, on the end of which is mounted a camera
Etymology: Old English cran; related to Middle High German krane, Latin grūs, Greek géranos
- (transitive) to lift or move (an object) by or as if by a crane
- to stretch out (esp the neck), as to see over other people's heads
- (intransitive) (of a horse) to pull up short before a jump
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