Definition of "crane" []

  • Any of various large wading birds of the family Gruidae, having a long neck, long legs, and a long bill. (noun)
  • A similar bird, such as a heron. (noun)
  • A machine for hoisting and moving heavy objects by means of cables attached to a movable boom. (noun)
  • Any of various devices with a swinging arm, as in a fireplace for suspending a pot. (noun)
  • To hoist or move with or as if with a crane. (verb-transitive)
  • Any large long-necked long-legged wading bird of the family Gruidae, inhabiting marshes and plains in most parts of the world except South America, New Zealand, and Indonesia: order Gruiformes (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Any similar bird, such as a heron (noun)
  • A device for lifting and moving heavy objects, typically consisting of a moving boom, beam, or gantry from which lifting gear is suspended (noun)
  • A large trolley carrying a boom, on the end of which is mounted a camera (noun)
  • To lift or move (an object) by or as if by a crane (verb)
  • To stretch out (esp the neck), as to see over other people's heads (verb)
  • (of a horse) to pull up short before a jump (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "crane" in a sentence
  • "Thus, to return, in that little anecdote relative to the Conqueror and William Fitz-Osbern, mentioned above, not the crane, but _the flesh of the crane_ is said to have been under-roasted."
  • "Closest crane is approximately 100 -150 feet South and East of the helipad."
  • "It appears that the days of launching boats from the island to race out to shark attacks are overthe east landing crane is now closed to this kind of activity."