Webster 1913 Edition
cranke; akin to E.
crinkle, and to
a., the root meaning, probably, “to turn, twist.” See
A bent portion of an axle, or shaft, or an arm keyed at right angles to the end of a shaft, by which motion is imparted to or received from it; also used to change circular into reciprocating motion, or reciprocating into circular motion. See
Any bend, turn, or winding, as of a passage.
So many turning
cranksthese have, so many crooks.
A twist or turn in speech; a conceit consisting in a change of the form or meaning of a word.
cranks, and wanton wiles.
A twist or turn of the mind; caprice; whim; crotchet; also, a fit of temper or passion.
Violent of temper; subject to sudden
A person full of crotchets; one given to fantastic or impracticable projects; one whose judgment is perverted in respect to a particular matter.
A sick person; an invalid.
Thou art a counterfeit
crank, a cheater.
a driving axle formed with a crank or cranks, as in some kinds of locomotives.–
the cylindrical piece which forms the handle, or to which the connecting rod is attached, at the end of a crank, or between the arms of a double crank.–
a shaft bent into a crank, or having a crank fastened to it, by which it drives or is driven.–
a wheel acting as a crank, or having a wrist to which a connecting rod is attached.
crancweak; akin to Icel.
krangr, D. & G.
kranksick, weak (cf. D.
krengento careen). Cf.
Liable to careen or be overset, as a ship when she is too narrow, or has not sufficient ballast, or is loaded too high, to carry full sail.
Full of spirit; brisk; lively; sprightly; overconfident; opinionated.
He who was, a little before, bedrid, . . . was now
If you strong electioners did not think you were among the elect, you would not be so
To run with a winding course; to double; to crook; to wind and turn.
See how this river comes me
Webster 1828 Edition
1.Literally, a bend or turn. Hence, an iron axis with the end bent like an elbow, for moving a piston, the saw in a saw-mill, &c., and causing it to rise and fall at every turn.
2.Any bend, turn or winding.
3.A twisting or turning is speech; a conceit which consists in a change of the form or meaning of a word.
Quips and cranks, and wanton wiles.
4.An iron brace for various purposes.
1.In seamens language, liable to be overset, as a ship when she is too narrow, or has not sufficient ballast to carry full sail.
2.Stout; bold; erect; as a cock crowing crank.