Crank ( noun , verb )

(As a noun)

Crank ( noun )

  1. A lever for turning a machine, especially a winch or pump.
  2. A part of an engine that converts linear into rotary motion.
  3. A person with eccentric or bizarre ideas or opinions.

Origin:

Late middle english (as a noun denoting a lever for winding a rope or turning a capstan): of unknown origin.

Examples:

  1. He used a crank to lift the heavy box.
  2. The engine's crankshaft converts linear motion into rotary motion.
  3. The town was full of cranks and oddballs, but nobody minded.
  4. The old inventor was a bit of a crank, but his ideas sometimes worked.
  5. The crank called the radio station with his latest conspiracy theory.

(As a verb)

Crank ( verb )

  1. A lever for turning a machine, especially a winch or pump.
  2. A part of an engine that converts linear into rotary motion.
  3. A person with eccentric or bizarre ideas or opinions.

Origin:

Late middle english (as a noun denoting a lever for winding a rope or turning a capstan): of unknown origin.

Examples:

  1. He used a crank to lift the heavy box.
  2. The engine's crankshaft converts linear motion into rotary motion.
  3. The town was full of cranks and oddballs, but nobody minded.
  4. The old inventor was a bit of a crank, but his ideas sometimes worked.
  5. The crank called the radio station with his latest conspiracy theory.
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