verb (used with object), craned, cran·ing.
verb (used without object), craned, cran·ing.
Origin of crane
Related Words for craningpull, draw, run, widen, reach, swell, develop, cover, lengthen, strain, spread, unfold, go, span, open, grow, expand, fill, prolong, last
Examples from the Web for craning
Historical Examples of craning
Kirkwood looked back, craning his neck round the side of the cab.The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
Exclamations from the crowd, craning necks, peering eyes, murmurs.A Nest of Spies
There was a bustle among the audience, a sudden rising, a craning of necks.The Film of Fear
There was a silence of expectancy, and a turning of heads, a craning of necks.Scaramouche
Alderson, who had been craning out of the door, drew back his head to speak.The Pirate of Panama
William MacLeod Raine
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.