Definitions of crane

  1. To draw out the neck in order to look before leaping. Crane lines, lines going from the upper end of the sprit- sail topmast to the middle of the fore- stays.
  2. To stretch or bend like a crane.
  3. To stretch out ( the neck) as a crane does.
  4. To raise by or as by a crane.
  5. of the neck; so as to see better
  6. stretch ( the neck) so as to see better; " The women craned their necks to see the President drive by"
  7. A measure for fresh herrings, -- as many as will fill a barrel.
  8. A machine for raising and lowering heavy weights, and, while holding them suspended, transporting them through a limited lateral distance. In one form it consists of a projecting arm or jib of timber or iron, a rotating post or base, and the necessary tackle, windlass, etc.; -- so called from a fancied similarity between its arm and the neck of a crane See Illust. of Derrick.
  9. An iron arm with horizontal motion, attached to the side or back of a fireplace, for supporting kettles, etc., over a fire.
  10. A siphon, or bent pipe, for drawing liquors out of a cask.
  11. A forked post or projecting bracket to support spars, etc., -- generally used in pairs. See Crotch, 2.
  12. To cause to rise; to raise or lift, as by a crane; -- with up.
  13. To stretch, as a crane stretches its neck; as, to crane the neck disdainfully.
  14. to reach forward with head and neck, in order to see better; as, a hunter cranes forward before taking a leap.
  15. A large wading bird; machine for raising heavy weights.
  16. lifts and moves heavy objects; lifting tackle is suspended from a pivoted boom that rotates around a vertical axis
  17. United States poet ( 1899- 1932)
  18. Any arm which swings about a vertical axis at one end, used for supporting a suspended weight.
  19. The American blue heron ( Ardea herodias).
  20. A large wading bird with very long legs and neck, and a long straight bill; a machine for raising heavy weights; as, the traveling crane.
  21. A large wading bird, with long legs, neck, and bill: a bent pipe for drawing liquor out of a cask, a machine for raising heavy weights- both named from their likeness to the bird.
  22. A large long legged heron- like bird.
  23. A hoisting- machine with swinging arm; a support for kettles in a fire place.
  24. A migratory wading bird with long legs, neck, and bill; a machine for raising and removing great weights; anything similar; bent pipe for drawing liquors out of a cask.
  25. A wading- bird having long legs, a long neck, and a long beak; a machine for raising and removing heavy goods; a bent metal tube with a stop for drawing off liquors; a siphon.