Crank - definition, pronunciation, transcription
- a whimsically eccentric person (syn: crackpot, fruitcake, nut, screwball)
- an amphetamine derivative (trade name Methedrine) used in the form of a crystalline hydrochloride; used as a stimulant to the nervous system and as an appetite suppressant (syn: chalk, deoxyephedrine, glass, ice, meth, methamphetamine, methedrine, shabu, trash)
- a hand tool consisting of a rotating shaft with parallel handle (syn: starter)
- start by cranking
- rotate with a crank
- fasten with a crank
- bend into the shape of a crank
To open the car window, turn the crank on the door.
He was dismissed as a crank until his article was published.
Most people think she's just a harmless crank.
He cranked the temperature to 75 degrees.
Crank the engine to see if it will start.
Zoff was originally dismissed as a crank, but his theories later became very influential.
Try cranking the engine.
...a sententious crank who has written countless letters to the editor about the decline in family values...
he gave the crank a spin
We have to crank out publications in order to receive funding
present participle: cranking
past tense: cranked
past participle: cranked