Here they behold the faithful Biddy, craning her long neck up and down the road, and filled with wildest anxiety.
The crowd was craning and eyeing the gyrating balls expectantly.
The Supreme Intelligence picked the lock and the investigators walked in, craning their necks.
Rose was craning her neck to see out of the window's limited compass.
He and the warriors were craning their heads toward the out-spreading branches.
Exclamations from the crowd, craning necks, peering eyes, murmurs.
craning over he caught a glimpse of her returning along the lower piazza and vanishing.
There was a bustle among the audience, a sudden rising, a craning of necks.
There was a silence of expectancy, and a turning of heads, a craning of necks.
Alderson, who had been craning out of the door, drew back his head to speak.
Old English cran "large wading bird," common Germanic (cf. Old Saxon krano, Old High German krano, German Kranich, and, with unexplained change of consonant, Old Norse trani), from PIE *gere- (cf. Greek geranos, Latin grus, Welsh garan, Lithuanian garnys "heron, stork"), perhaps echoic of its cry. Metaphoric use for "machine with a long arm" is first attested late 13c. (a sense also in equivalent words in German and Greek).
"to stretch (the neck)," 1799, from crane (n.). Related: Craned; craning.
(Isa. 38:14; Jer. 8:7). In both of these passages the Authorized Version has reversed the Hebrew order of the words. "Crane or swallow" should be "swallow or crane," as in the Revised Version. The rendering is there correct. The Hebrew for crane is _'agur_, the Grus cincerea, a bird well known in Palestine. It is migratory, and is distinguished by its loud voice, its cry being hoarse and melancholy.