Webster 1913 Edition
to reach forward with head and neck, in order to see better;
as, a hunter.
cranesforward before taking a leap
The passengers eagerly
craningforward over the bulwarks.
Webster 1828 Edition
1.A migratory fowl of the genus Ardea, belonging to the grallic order. The bill is straight, sharp and long, with a furrow from the nostrils towards the point; the nostrils are linear, and the feet have four toes. These fowls have long legs, and a long neck, being destined to wade and seek their food among grass and reeds in marshy grounds. The common crane is about four feet in length, of a slender body, with ash-coloured feathers.
2.A machine for raising great weights, consisting of a horizontal arm, or piece of timber, projecting from a post, and furnished with a tackle or pulley.
3.A siphon, or crooked pipe for drawing liquors out of a cask.