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crank

crank

 
pronunciation:
kraengk
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb, intransitive verb
phrases:
crank out, crank up
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a mechanical device for applying rotary motion, consisting of a lever arm or disk attached at right angles to the end of a rotating shaft and turned by hand or connecting rod.
definition 2: (informal) a person having eccentric ideas or interests.
similar words:
eccentric, erratic
definition 3: (informal) an ill-tempered person; one who complains a great deal.
similar words:
grouch
 
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: cranked, cranking, cranks
definition 1: to turn (a shaft) by use of a mechanical crank, or start (an engine) by use of a crank or other device.
similar words:
grind
definition 2: to provide with a cranking mechanism.
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to rotate a crank.
phrase: crank out
phrase: crank up
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