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
Examples from the Web for cranking
Contemporary Examples of cranking
A slew of others, including most notably Motorola, Research in Motion (RIM), and Samsung, are cranking out their own versions.Broke and Buying Anyway
October 2, 2011
But the site seems to be cranking out its own articles and now the aggregation is complementary.The Daily Beast Turns 2!
October 5, 2010
A DJ was cranking old disco tunes, everything from the Bee Gees to Chaka Khan.The New Studio 54
December 1, 2009
Historical Examples of cranking
The art of cranking a car is one that is not given to all men.The Girl on the Boat
Pelham Grenville Wodehouse
Strangest of all, though, was the arrangement for cranking inside the box.Motor Matt's Clue
Stanley R. Matthews
"The Kepplers have one," was the reply, Doctor Guerin cranking his car.Betty Gordon at Bramble Farm
Alice B. Emerson
He ran back to the auto, and soon the others heard him cranking it up.The Motor Boys in Mexico
Charlie almost cried with vexation while I was cranking again.
- an eccentric or odd person, esp someone who stubbornly maintains unusual views
- US and Canadiana bad-tempered person
Word Origin for crank
Word Origin for crank
Old English *cranc, implied in crancstæf "a weaver's instrument," crencestre "female weaver, spinster," from Proto-Germanic base *krank-, and related to crincan "to bend, yield" (see crinkle, cringe). English retains the literal sense of the ancient root, while German and Dutch krank "sick," formerly "weak, small," is a figurative use.
The sense of "an eccentric person," especially one who is irrationally fixated, is first recorded 1833, said to be from the crank of a barrel organ, which makes it play the same tune over and over; but more likely a back-formation from cranky (q.v.). Meaning "methamphetamine" attested by 1989.
1590s, "to zig-zag," from crank (n.). Meaning "to turn a crank" is first attested 1908, with reference to automobile engines. Related: Cranked; cranking.