- 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
OTHER WORDS FROM crankcrankless, adjectivenon·crank·ing, adjectiveun·cranked, adjective
Words nearby crank
Other definitions for crank (2 of 3)
Origin of crank2
Other definitions for crank (3 of 3)
Origin of crank3
OTHER WORDS FROM crankcrankly, adverbcrankness, noun
How to use crank in a sentence
Whereas an oven set to bake — even cranked up to 500 degrees — tends to slightly steam watery vegetables or cuts of meat coated in a marinade before the food starts to brown, a broiler comes in hot and fast, crisping as soon as the flames appear.Don’t Fear the Broiler|Elazar Sontag|February 11, 2021|Eater
Demands quickly flip from how high to crank your hill to how honest you’re willing to be with yourself to how thankful you are.Peloton makes toning your glutes feel spiritual. But should Jesus be part of the experience?|Michelle Boorstein|February 5, 2021|Washington Post
It unveiled itself to us really as we started cranking on the numbers.National Zoo to split with longtime partner FONZ|Michael Ruane|February 4, 2021|Washington Post
Additional snow showers may develop as the storm off the Mid-Atlantic coast cranks up.Updates: An icy morning with scattered snow showers developing into the afternoon|Jason Samenow|February 1, 2021|Washington Post
Shooters can choose whether they prefer to optimize the finder for detail by maximizing the resolution or cranking up the refresh rate in order to get smoother motion when composing shots.Fujifilm’s new 102-megapixel camera is the size of a typical DSLR|Stan Horaczek|January 30, 2021|Popular-Science
After passing through an iron door with a round crank, a small blueprint marks the official entrance into the secret shelter.The Secret Soviet Power Bunker—in Latvia, a Hiding Place for the Elite|Brandon Presser|September 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The wonderful reign of Queen Elizabeth has everyone worried about what will happen when her crank of a son takes the throne.Imagining Prince Charles as King Makes All of Britain Wish They Could Leave Like Scotland|Clive Irving|September 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Before the marriage it was already obvious that he was a bit of a crank.Imagining Prince Charles as King Makes All of Britain Wish They Could Leave Like Scotland|Clive Irving|September 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
This being a manifesto, there are a few moments when Almond sounds like a self-righteous crank.Has Football Jumped the Shark?|Kevin Canfield|September 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I belong to the “Soccer Hater” demographic – middle-aged Republican crank with long, blonde hair and a great pair of gams.Up To a Point: Oops, I Enjoyed Soccer|P. J. O’Rourke|July 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But our first care was to ballast the sloop, for without it she was so crank as to be unseaworthy.
Inside the box was one of those little, old-fashioned Swiss music boxes, and May was industriously turning the crank.Ruth Fielding At College|Alice B. Emerson
The crank is then run through the bearing hole and a nut run on the threads and a washer placed against the nut.
This size rod was procured and bent to form a crank, the bearing end being threaded for a distance equal to the length of the hub.
He looked out in the street, and there he saw a hand-organ man grinding away at the crank which made the nice music.Mappo, the Merry Monkey|Richard Barnum
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