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.
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Origin of crank1
OTHER WORDS FROM crankcrankless, adjectivenon·crank·ing, adjectiveun·cranked, adjective
Definition for crank (2 of 3)
Definition for crank (3 of 3)
Origin of crank3
OTHER WORDS FROM crankcrankly, adverbcrankness, noun
Example sentences from the Web for crank
Instead of surrendering to your busy schedule, grant yourself ten minutes to crank through this three-move bodyweight circuit from Rafique “Flex” Cabral, an ex-Marine, certified personal trainer, and co-founder of New York City–based Trooper Fitness.Time-Crunched? Try This Effective 10-Minute Workout|Hayden Carpenter|September 29, 2020|Outside Online
In response to interferons, cells crank up protection measures that aim to curb viral replication.Defects in early immune responses underlie some severe COVID-19 cases|Erin Garcia de Jesus|September 25, 2020|Science News
In short, the new architecture should make Nvidia’s cards monsters when it comes to cranking out HD graphics at high-frame rates.Nvidia’s monstrous new graphics cards crank up the power while dropping their prices|Stan Horaczek|September 9, 2020|Popular Science
It’s also that they’ll particularly boost the amount that’s needed during peak times, when temperatures are really roasting and everyone’s cranking up their AC at the same time.Air conditioning technology is the great missed opportunity in the fight against climate change|James Temple|September 1, 2020|MIT Technology Review
That’s one explanation for subdued inflation since 2008, even as central banks cranked up the printing presses.After $20 trillion in pandemic relief spending, there’s still no sign of inflation. What happened?|Bernhard Warner|August 25, 2020|Fortune
A slew of others, including most notably Motorola, Research in Motion (RIM), and Samsung, are cranking out their own versions.
But the site seems to be cranking out its own articles and now the aggregation is complementary.
A DJ was cranking old disco tunes, everything from the Bee Gees to Chaka Khan.
Amy nodded, but the youth was cranking again and he didn't want to desert his post.Left Tackle Thayer|Ralph Henry Barbour
Strangest of all, though, was the arrangement for cranking inside the box.Motor Matt's Clue|Stanley R. Matthews
Suppose we dont care to give you a lift, she said, her hand on the cranking lever.The Motor Maids Across the Continent|Katherine Stokes
Listen for hissing sound while cranking motor for leaks at other places.Aviation Engines|Victor Wilfred Pag
The art of cranking a car is one that is not given to all men.The Girl on the Boat|Pelham Grenville Wodehouse
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