crank: Meaning and Definition of
- any of several types of arms or levers for imparting rotary or oscillatory motion to a rotating shaft, one end of the crank being fixed to the shaft and the other end receiving reciprocating motion from a hand, connecting rod, etc.
- an ill-tempered, grouchy person.
- an unbalanced person who is overzealous in the advocacy of a private cause.
- an eccentric or whimsical notion.
- a strikingly clever turn of speech or play on words.
- a bend; turn.
- the nasal decongestant propylhexedrine, used illicitly for its euphoric effects.
- a crankshaft.
- to bend into or make in the shape of a crank.
- to furnish with a crank.
- to rotate (a shaft) by means of a crank.
- to start (an internal-combustion engine) by turning the crankshaft manually or by means of a small motor.
- to start the engine of (a motor vehicle) by turning the crankshaft manually.
- to turn a crank, as in starting an automobile engine.
- to turn and twist; zigzag.
- to cause to diminish or terminate: the president's efforts to crank down inflation.
- to incorporate as an integral part: Overhead is cranked into the retail cost.
- to make or produce in a mass-production, effortless, or mechanical way: She's able to crank out one best-selling novel after another.
- The theater season is cranking up with four benefit performances.
- 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.
- unstable; shaky; unsteady.
- of, pertaining to, or by an unbalanced or overzealous person: a crank phone call; crank mail.
- cranky (def. 5).
— adj. Naut.
- having a tendency to roll easily, as a boat or ship; tender (opposed to stiff).
- a crank vessel.
— adj. Brit. Dial.
- lively; high-spirited.
- crank (Thesaurus)