verb (used with object), craned, cran·ing.
verb (used without object), craned, cran·ing.
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
Word Origin for crane
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.