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noun as in a device for revolving a shaft

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noun as in a person with an obsession

noun as in an ill-natured person

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Whereas an oven set to bake — even cranked up to 500 degrees — tends to slightly steam watery vegetables or cuts of meat coated in a marinade before the food starts to brown, a broiler comes in hot and fast, crisping as soon as the flames appear.

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Demands quickly flip from how high to crank your hill to how honest you’re willing to be with yourself to how thankful you are.

It unveiled itself to us really as we started cranking on the numbers.

Additional snow showers may develop as the storm off the Mid-Atlantic coast cranks up.

Shooters can choose whether they prefer to optimize the finder for detail by maximizing the resolution or cranking up the refresh rate in order to get smoother motion when composing shots.

After passing through an iron door with a round crank, a small blueprint marks the official entrance into the secret shelter.

The wonderful reign of Queen Elizabeth has everyone worried about what will happen when her crank of a son takes the throne.

Before the marriage it was already obvious that he was a bit of a crank.

This being a manifesto, there are a few moments when Almond sounds like a self-righteous crank.

I belong to the “Soccer Hater” demographic – middle-aged Republican crank with long, blonde hair and a great pair of gams.

But our first care was to ballast the sloop, for without it she was so crank as to be unseaworthy.

Inside the box was one of those little, old-fashioned Swiss music boxes, and May was industriously turning the crank.

The crank is then run through the bearing hole and a nut run on the threads and a washer placed against the nut.

This size rod was procured and bent to form a crank, the bearing end being threaded for a distance equal to the length of the hub.

He looked out in the street, and there he saw a hand-organ man grinding away at the crank which made the nice music.


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On this page you'll find 33 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to crank, such as: arm, handle, lever, and turning device.

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