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verb (used with object), craned, cran·ing.
to hoist, lower, or move by or as by a crane.
to stretch (the neck) as a crane does.
verb (used without object), craned, cran·ing.
to stretch out one's neck, especially to see better.
to hesitate at danger, difficulty, etc.
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Origin of crane

before 1000; Middle English; Old English cran; cognate with German Kran,Greek géranos

Other definitions for crane (2 of 2)

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(Harold) Hart, 1899–1932, U.S. poet.
Stephen, 1871–1900, U.S. novelist, poet, and short-story writer.
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British Dictionary definitions for crane (1 of 2)

/ (kreɪn) /

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 GruiformesSee also demoiselle (def. 1), whooping crane
(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 suspendedSee also gantry
films a large trolley carrying a boom, on the end of which is mounted a camera

Word Origin for crane

Old English cran; related to Middle High German krane, Latin grūs, Greek géranos

British Dictionary definitions for crane (2 of 2)

/ (kreɪn) /

(Harold) Hart. 1899–1932, US poet; author of The Bridge (1930)
Stephen. 1871–1900, US novelist and short-story writer, noted particularly for his novel The Red Badge of Courage (1895)
Walter. 1845–1915, British painter, illustrator of children's books, and designer of textiles and wallpaper
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