AskDefine | Define crane

Dictionary Definition



1 United States writer (1871-1900) [syn: Stephen Crane]
2 United States poet (1899-1932) [syn: Hart Crane, Harold Hart Crane]
3 lifts and moves heavy objects; lifting tackle is suspended from a pivoted boom that rotates around a vertical axis
4 large long-necked wading bird of marshes and plains in many parts of the world v : stretch (the neck) so as to see better; "The women craned their necks to see the President drive by" [syn: stretch out]

User Contributed Dictionary



Old English cran, from , from .



  1. A large bird of the order Gruiformes and the family Gruidae having long legs and a long neck which it extends when flying.
  2. A mechanical lifting device, often used for lifting heavy loads for industrial or construction purposes.


  • Albanian: lejlek
  • Arabic: كركي (Kurkiyy)
  • Chinese: (hè)
  • Czech: jeřáb
  • Dutch: kraanvogel
  • Danish: trane
  • Esperanto: gruo
  • Estonian: kurg
  • Finnish: kurki
  • French: grue
  • German: Kranich
  • Greek: γερανός
  • Hungarian: daru
  • Italian: gru
  • Japanese: (つる, tsuru)
  • Korean: 두루미 (durumi), (, hag, hak)
  • Latin: grus
  • Lithuanian: gervė
  • Low Saxon ("Low German"): Kraan
  • Polish: żuraw
  • Portuguese: grou
  • Romanian: cocor
  • Russian: журавль
  • Scottish Gaelic: corra-mhonaidh
  • Slovak: žeriav
  • Slovene: žerjav
  • Spanish: grulla
  • Swedish: trana
  • Turkish: turna
  • Telugu: కొంగ (komga)
  • Ukrainian: журавель
  • Albanian: vinç
  • Czech: jeřáb
  • Dutch: hijskraan, kraan
  • Finnish: nostokurki
  • French: grue
  • German: Kran
  • Greek: (ανυψωτικός) γερανός (anipsotikos geranos)
  • Hungarian: daru
  • Italian: gru
  • Low Saxon ("Low German"): Kraan
  • Polish: dźwig , żuraw
  • Romanian: macara
  • Russian: кран
  • Slovak: žeriav
  • Slovene: žerjav
  • Spanish: grúa
  • Swedish: kran
  • Ukrainian: кран, двигун


  1. To extend (one's neck).


to extend

Extensive Definition

Crane or cranes may be:



See Crane (surname)

Fictional characters


Martial arts


  • Cessna Crane, a British name for the United States built Cessna AT-17 Bobcat training aircraft
  • USS Crane (DD-109), Wickes class destroyer, named after William M. Crane


Other uses

crane in German: Crane
crane in Modern Greek (1453-): Γερανός
crane in French: Crane
crane in Dutch: Kraanvogel
crane in Czech: Jeřáb

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

andiron, be lengthy, be prolonged, belong, chain, coal tongs, crab, crane the neck, crook, damper, derrick, erector, extend, extend out, eye, fire hook, fire tongs, firedog, forklift, gantry crane, gape, gaup, gawk, gaze, gaze open-mouthed, gloat, goggle, grate, grating, grid, griddle, gridiron, grill, griller, hoist, hydraulic tailgate, jack, jackscrew, lever, lift, lifter, look, ogle, outreach, outstretch, poker, pothook, reach out, salamander, spit, sprawl, stand on tiptoe, stand on tiptoes, stare, stare at, stare down, stare hard, straggle, stretch, stretch out, tackle, tongs, tripod, trivet, turnspit, windlass
Privacy Policy, About Us, Terms and Conditions, Contact Us
Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2
Material from Wikipedia, Wiktionary, Dict
Valid HTML 4.01 Strict, Valid CSS Level 2.1