Crane - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |kreɪn|  American pronunciation of the word crane
Brit.  |kreɪn|  British pronunciation of the word crane


- United States writer (1871-1900)
- United States poet (1899-1932)
- a small constellation in the southern hemisphere near Phoenix (syn: grus)
- lifts and moves heavy objects; lifting tackle is suspended from a pivoted boom that rotates around a vertical axis
- large long-necked wading bird of marshes and plains in many parts of the world


- stretch (the neck) so as to see better


We craned our necks toward the stage.

...craned her head to see the roof...

The children craned forward to see what was happening.

He craned his neck above the crowd to get a better view.

The women craned their necks to see the President drive by

The crane has a heavy counterweight on the back.

...a crane grappled the sunken boat and hoisted it above water...

The crane is on hire from a local firm.

The lumber was lifted by crane and dropped into the truck.

The crane lives in marshy habitats.

crease the paper like this to make a crane

the double-geared lifting mechanism of a crane

Word forms

I/you/we/they: crane
he/she/it: cranes
present participle: craning
past tense: craned
past participle: craned
singular: crane
plural: cranes
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