From Middle English cran, from Old English cran (“crane”), from Proto-Germanic *kranô (“crane”), from Proto-Indo-European *gerh₂- (“to cry hoarsely”). Cognate with Scots cran (“crane”), Dutch kraan (“crane”), German Kran (“crane”).
crane (plural cranes)
- A large bird of the order Gruiformes and the family Gruidae having long legs and a long neck which it extends when flying.
- A mechanical lifting device, often used for lifting heavy loads for industrial or construction purposes.
- An iron arm with horizontal motion, attached to the side or back of a fireplace for supporting kettles etc. over the fire.
- A siphon, or bent pipe, for drawing liquors out of a cask.
- (nautical) A forked post or projecting bracket to support spars, etc.; generally used in pairs.
- (transitive) To extend (one's neck).
- (Can we find and add a quotation of George Eliot to this entry?)
- (transitive) To raise or lower with, or as if with, a crane.
- What engines, what instruments are used in craning up a soul, sunk below the centre, to the highest heavens.
- an upstart craned up to the height he has
In Lojbanized spelling.
crane (rafsi cra)
- anterior; x1 is anterior/ahead/forward/(in/on) the front of x2 which faces/in-frame-of-reference x3