verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- to get started or ready: The theater season is cranking up with four benefit performances.
- to stimulate, activate, or produce: to crank up enthusiasm for a new product.
- to increase one's efforts, output, etc.: Industry began to crank up after the new tax incentives became law.
Origin of crank1
Related formscrank·less, adjectivenon·crank·ing, adjectiveun·cranked, adjective
Definition for crank (2 of 3)
Definition for crank (3 of 3)
adjective British Dialect.
Origin of crank3
Related formscrank·ly, adverbcrank·ness, noun
Examples from the Web for crank
The wonderful reign of Queen Elizabeth has everyone worried about what will happen when her crank of a son takes the throne.
Before the marriage it was already obvious that he was a bit of a crank.
I belong to the “Soccer Hater” demographic – middle-aged Republican crank with long, blonde hair and a great pair of gams.
I belong to the “Soccer Hater” demographic—middle-aged Republican crank with long, blonde hair and a great pair of gams.
An uncomfortable urinary infection is going to feel way worse than those few minutes you spent trying to crank out your work.
In a direct-acting engine the throw of the crank is equal to the stroke of the piston.An Introduction to Machine Drawing and Design|David Allan Low
Two speeds were obtained by means of spur gearing between the crank shaft and the counter shaft.Automobile Biographies|Lyman Horace Weeks
The crank is a short lever which transmits the power from the connecting rod to the crank shaft.Farm Engines and How to Run Them|James H. Stephenson
Hawes looked at the face of the crank to see how much had been done, and lo!It Is Never Too Late to Mend|Charles Reade
A machinist is making a crank pin (a kind of bolt) for an engine, according to this drawing.The Teaching of Geometry|David Eugene Smith
British Dictionary definitions for crank (1 of 2)
- an eccentric or odd person, esp someone who stubbornly maintains unusual views
- US and Canadian a bad-tempered person