crank[ krangk ]SEE DEFINITION OF crank
EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR CRANK
In this machine, the barrel was fitted with a crank, and rotated by handle.
The crank is a person who holds views which to us seem ridiculous.
This crank is mounted on a crankshaft carried on the metal tube M.
Its center is drilled out and it is soldered to the crank as illustrated in Fig. 54.
Nothing now remains to be made except the crank and the flywheel.
"Some crank," she said, after she had mastered the sudden fear that swept over her.
I had left my crank at the camp and my only hope seemed to be to buy or borrow one somewhere.
"You'll be walking the crank yet, Capt'n," said they, in mockery of his unsteady gait.
These produce the heavy current necessary to crank the engine.
"Seems to me he must have been something of a crank, too," was Davidson's comment.
Old English *cranc, implied in crancstæf "a weaver's instrument," crencestre "female weaver, spinster," from Proto-Germanic base *krank-, and related to crincan "to bend, yield" (see crinkle, cringe). English retains the literal sense of the ancient root, while German and Dutch krank "sick," formerly "weak, small," is a figurative use.
The sense of "an eccentric person," especially one who is irrationally fixated, is first recorded 1833, said to be from the crank of a barrel organ, which makes it play the same tune over and over; but more likely a back-formation from cranky (q.v.). Meaning "methamphetamine" attested by 1989.