(1) (used of boats) inclined to heel over easily under sail
(2) A hand tool consisting of a rotating shaft with parallel handle
(3) An amphetamine derivative (trade name Methedrine) used in the form of a crystalline hydrochloride; used as a stimulant to the nervous system and as an appetite suppressant
(4) A whimsically eccentric person
(5) A bad-tempered person
(6) Bend into the shape of a crank
(7) Fasten with a crank
(8) Rotate with a crank
(9) Start by cranking
"Crank up the engine"
(10) Travel along a zigzag path
"The river zigzags through the countryside"
- A bent piece of an axle, or shaft, or an arm attached at right angles to the end of a shaft or wheel, used to impart a circular action to a wheel or other mechanical device and create power; also used to change circular into reciprocating motion, or reciprocating into circular motion.
- Use the crank on the motorcycle and go for a ride.
- The act of converting power into motion, by turning a crankshaft.
- Yes, a crank was all it needed to start.
- Any bend, turn, or winding, as of a passage.
- So many turning cranks these have, so many crooks. - Spenser.
- An ill-tempered or nasty person
- Billy-Bob is a nasty, old crank! He chased my cat away.
- Danny got abscesses from shooting all that bathtub crank.
- A person who is considered strange to others. They may do strange things, or be a crank by nature.
- John is a crank because he talks to himself.
- A twist or turn in speech; a conceit consisting in a change of the form or meaning of a word.
- Quips, and cranks, and wanton wiles. - Milton.
- A ship which, because of insufficient or poorly stowed ballast or cargo, is in danger of overturning
- To turn a crank.
- Crank it up!
- He's been cranking all day and yet it refuses to crank.
- To cause to spin via other means, as though turned by a crank.
- I turn the key and crank the engine; yet it doesn't turn over
- To act in a cranky manner; to behave unreasonably and irritably.
- Quit cranking about your spilt milk!
- To produce or present a desired object.
- Crank out the beer!
- To run with a winding course; to double; to crook; to wind and turn.
- See how this river comes me cranking in. - Shakespeare