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crane

crane

pronunciation:
kreIn
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb, intransitive verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: any of a family of tall, long-legged wading birds having long necks and bills.
Cranes are well-known for their elegant courtship dances.
 
definition 2: (informal) any bird resembling a crane, such as a heron.
definition 3: a mechanical apparatus for lifting and moving heavy objects, having a tall, movable boom and a system of cables and pulleys.
They used a crane to lift the cement blocks to where they were constructing the upper floors.
 
similar words:
lift
 
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: craned, cranes, craning
definition 1: to extend (the neck), esp. in attempting to see something.
I craned my neck to see over the crowd.
definition 2: to raise, lower, or carry with or as with a crane.
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to extend the neck in an attempt to improve one's view.
Fans were craning to get a glimpse of the rock star as she got out of her car.
derivation: cranelike (adj.)
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