A DJ was cranking old disco tunes, everything from the Bee Gees to Chaka Khan.
A slew of others, including most notably Motorola, Research in Motion (RIM), and Samsung, are cranking out their own versions.
But the site seems to be cranking out its own articles and now the aggregation is complementary.
The taxicab driver had stalled his engine and was cranking it.
The art of cranking a car is one that is not given to all men.
The lack of diffusion will cause a rapid drop in voltage when cranking the engine!
Strangest of all, though, was the arrangement for cranking inside the box.
Jennie blushed, and to conceal her slight embarrassment, got out for the purpose of cranking her machine.
"The Kepplers have one," was the reply, Doctor Guerin cranking his car.
Meanwhile Joe was cranking the movie camera, filming the entire village.
Old English *cranc, implied in crancstæf "a weaver's instrument," crencestre "female weaver, spinster," from Proto-Germanic base *krank-, and related to crincan "to bend, yield" (see crinkle, cringe). English retains the literal sense of the ancient root, while German and Dutch krank "sick," formerly "weak, small," is a figurative use.
The sense of "an eccentric person," especially one who is irrationally fixated, is first recorded 1833, said to be from the crank of a barrel organ, which makes it play the same tune over and over; but more likely a back-formation from cranky (q.v.). Meaning "methamphetamine" attested by 1989.
1590s, "to zig-zag," from crank (n.). Meaning "to turn a crank" is first attested 1908, with reference to automobile engines. Related: Cranked; cranking.
[perhaps fr the crank of a barrel organ, by which one can play the same tune over and over again; applied by Donn Piatt to the publisher Horace Greeley]