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crank

crank

 
pronunciation:
kraengk
parts of speech:
noun, verb
phrases:
crank out
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a device that moves things in a circle. Cranks have a lever attached at a right angle to the end of an arm that moves in a circle. Cranks are turned by hand or by another arm that connects to the lever.
definition 2: (informal) a person who has odd ideas or interests.
The crank spent all weekend in his garage building a television combined with a refrigerator.
similar words:
eccentric
definition 3: (informal) a person who is always grouchy or in a bad mood.
similar words:
grouch
 
part of speech: verb
inflections: cranked, cranking, cranks
definition: to turn by using of a crank, or start by using a crank or other device.
Tim cranked the lid open.Her grandfather cranked the old car until it started.
phrase: crank out
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