- any large wading bird of the family Gruidae, characterized by long legs, bill, and neck and an elevated hind toe.
- (not used scientifically) any of various similar birds of other families, as the great blue heron.
- Machinery. a device for lifting and moving heavy weights in suspension.
- any of various similar devices, as a horizontally swinging arm by a fireplace, used for suspending pots over the fire.
- Movies, Television. a vehicle having a long boom on which a camera can be mounted for taking shots from high angles.
- Nautical. any of a number of supports for a boat or spare spar on the deck or at the side of a vessel.
- (initial capital letter) Astronomy. the constellation Grus.
- to hoist, lower, or move by or as by a crane.
- to stretch (the neck) as a crane does.
- to stretch out one's neck, especially to see better.
- to hesitate at danger, difficulty, etc.
Origin of crane
Related Words for cranedpull, draw, run, widen, reach, swell, develop, cover, lengthen, strain, spread, unfold, go, span, open, grow, expand, fill, prolong, last
Examples from the Web for craned
Contemporary Examples of craned
We unzipped the body bag, and a crowd of craned necks strained to get a look.I Shot Bin Laden
November 16, 2014
He had a smile on his face as he craned his neck to peek around the guards strapping him into the chair.Eyewitness to the Firing Squad
April 25, 2010
When her turn came to speak, the room hushed and craned its collective neck.She's Actually Smart
October 19, 2008
Historical Examples of craned
She craned her head into the drawing room and found it empty.
Jean stared in amazement, while Maurice, kneeling on his bed, craned his neck to see.The Downfall
Invitingly she craned her head forward, offering him her lips.The Education of Eric Lane
His officers closed in and craned their necks behind his back.Nostromo: A Tale of the Seaboard
She put her hand to her ear and craned her neck like a turtle.Dwellers in the Hills
Melville Davisson Post
- 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
- (tr) to lift or move (an object) by or as if by a crane
- to stretch out (esp the neck), as to see over other people's heads
- (intr) (of a horse) to pull up short before a jump
Word Origin for crane
- (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
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.