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  9  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Crane  \Crane\,  n. 
  1.  Any  arm  which  swings  about  a  vertical  axis  at  one  end 
  used  for  supporting  a  suspended  weight. 
 
  2.  (Zo["o]l.)  The  American  blue  heron  ({Ardea  herodias}). 
  [Local,  U.  S.] 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Cran  \Cran\  (kr[a^]n),  Crane  \Crane\  (kr[=a]n),  n.  [Scot.,  fr 
  Gael.  crann.] 
  A  measure  for  fresh  herrings,  --  as  many  as  will  fill  a 
  barrel.  [Scot.]  --H.  Miller. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Crane  \Crane\  (kr[=a]n),  n.  [AS.  cran;  akin  to  D.  &  LG  craan, 
  G.  kranich  krahn  (this  in  sense  2),  Gr  ge`ranos,  L.  grus, 
  W.  &  Armor.  garan,  OSlav.  zerav[i^],  Lith.  gerve,  Icel. 
  trani,  Sw  trana,  Dan.  trane.  [root]24.  Cf  {Geranium}.] 
  1.  (Zo["o]l.)  A  wading  bird  of  the  genus  {Grus},  and  allied 
  genera,  of  various  species,  having  a  long,  straight  bill, 
  and  long  legs  and  neck. 
 
  Note:  The  common  European  crane  is  {Grus  cinerea}.  The 
  sand-hill  crane  ({G.  Mexicana})  and  the  whooping  crane 
  ({G.  Americana})  are  large  American  species.  The 
  Balearic  or  crowned  crane  is  {Balearica  pavonina}.  The 
  name  is  sometimes  erroneously  applied  to  the  herons  and 
  cormorants. 
 
  2.  A  machine  for  raising  and  lowering  heavy  weights,  and 
  while  holding  them  suspended,  transporting  them  through  a 
  limited  lateral  distance.  In  one  form  it  consists  of  a 
  projecting  arm  or  jib  of  timber  or  iron,  a  rotating  post 
  or  base,  and  the  necessary  tackle,  windlass,  etc.;  --  so 
  called  from  a  fancied  similarity  between  its  arm  and  the 
  neck  of  a  crane  See  Illust.  of  {Derrick}. 
 
  3.  An  iron  arm  with  horizontal  motion,  attached  to  the  side 
  or  back  of  a  fireplace,  for  supporting  kettles,  etc.,  over 
  a  fire. 
 
  4.  A  siphon,  or  bent  pipe,  for  drawing  liquors  out  of  a  cask. 
 
  5.  (Naut.)  A  forked  post  or  projecting  bracket  to  support 
  spars,  etc.,  --  generally  used  in  pairs.  See  {Crotch},  2. 
 
  {Crane  fly}  (Zo["o]l.),  a  dipterous  insect  with  long  legs,  of 
  the  genus  {Tipula}. 
 
  {Derrick  crane}.  See  {Derrick}. 
 
  {Gigantic  crane}.  (Zo["o]l.)  See  {Adjutant},  n.,  3. 
 
  {Traveling  crane},  {Traveler  crane},  {Traversing  crane} 
  (Mach.),  a  crane  mounted  on  wheels;  esp.,  an  overhead 
  crane  consisting  of  a  crab  or  other  hoisting  apparatus 
  traveling  on  rails  or  beams  fixed  overhead,  as  in  a 
  machine  shop  or  foundry. 
 
  {Water  crane},  a  kind  of  hydrant  with  a  long  swinging  spout, 
  for  filling  locomotive  tenders,  water  carts,  etc.,  with 
  water. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Crane  \Crane\  (kr[=a]n),  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Craned} 
  (kr[=a]nd);  p.  pr  &  vb  n.  {Craning}.] 
  1.  To  cause  to  rise;  to  raise  or  lift,  as  by  a  crane;  --  with 
  up  [R.] 
 
  What  engines,  what  instruments  are  used  in  craning 
  up  a  soul,  sunk  below  the  center,  to  the  highest 
  heavens.  --Bates. 
 
  An  upstart  craned  up  to  the  height  he  has 
  --Massinger. 
 
  2.  To  stretch,  as  a  crane  stretches  its  neck;  as  to  crane 
  the  neck  disdainfully.  --G.  Eliot. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  crane  \crane\,  v.  i. 
  to  reach  forward  with  head  and  neck,  in  order  to  see  better; 
  as  a  hunter  cranes  forward  before  taking  a  leap. 
  --Beaconsfield.  Thackeray. 
 
  The  passengers  eagerly  craning  forward  over  the 
  bulwarks.  --Howells. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Crotch  \Crotch\  (kr?ch;  224),  n.;  pl  {Crotches}  (-?z).  [Cf. 
  {Crotchet},  {Crutch}.] 
  1.  The  angle  formed  by  the  parting  of  two  legs  or  branches;  a 
  fork;  the  point  where  a  trunk  divides;  as  the  crotch  of  a 
  tree. 
 
  2.  (Naut.)  A  stanchion  or  post  of  wood  or  iron,  with  two  arms 
  for  supporting  a  boom,  spare  yards,  etc.;  --  called  also 
  {crane}  and  {crutch}.  --Totten. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  crane 
  n  1:  lifts  and  moves  heavy  objects;  lifting  tackle  is  suspended 
  from  a  pivoted  boom  that  rotates  around  a  vertical  axis 
  2:  large  long-necked  wading  bird  of  marshes  and  plains  in  many 
  parts  of  the  world 
  v  :  of  the  neck;  so  as  to  see  better  [syn:  {stretch  out}] 
 
  From  U.S.  Gazetteer  (1990)  [gazetteer]: 
 
  Crane,  IN  (town,  FIPS  15652) 
  Location:  38.89512  N,  86.90037  W 
  Population  (1990):  216  (106  housing  units) 
  Area:  0.3  sq  km  (land),  0.0  sq  km  (water) 
  Crane,  MO  (city,  FIPS  17074) 
  Location:  36.90315  N,  93.57121  W 
  Population  (1990):  1218  (549  housing  units) 
  Area:  2.8  sq  km  (land),  0.0  sq  km  (water) 
  Zip  code(s):  65633 
  Crane,  OR 
  Zip  code(s):  97732 
  Crane,  TX  (city,  FIPS  17516) 
  Location:  31.39184  N,  102.35004  W 
  Population  (1990):  3533  (1389  housing  units) 
  Area:  2.7  sq  km  (land),  0.0  sq  km  (water) 
  Zip  code(s):  79731 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Crane 
  (Isa.  38:14;  Jer.  8:7).  In  both  of  these  passages  the  Authorized 
  Version  has  reversed  the  Hebrew  order  of  the  words  "Crane  or 
  swallow"  should  be  "swallow  or  crane,"  as  in  the  Revised 
  Version.  The  rendering  is  there  correct.  The  Hebrew  for  crane  is 
  _'agur_,  the  Grus  cincerea  a  bird  well  known  in  Palestine.  It 
  is  migratory,  and  is  distinguished  by  its  loud  voice,  its  cry 
  being  hoarse  and  melancholy. 
 




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