AskDefine | Define crank

Dictionary Definition

crank adj : (used of boats) inclined to heel over easily under sail [syn: cranky, tender, tippy]

Noun

1 a bad-tempered person [syn: grouch, grump, churl, crosspatch]
2 a whimsically eccentric person [syn: crackpot, nut, nut case, nutcase, fruitcake, screwball]
3 amphetamine used in the form of a crystalline hydrochloride; used as a stimulant to the nervous system and as an appetite suppressant [syn: methamphetamine, methamphetamine hydrochloride, Methedrine, meth, deoxyephedrine, chalk, chicken feed, glass, ice, shabu, trash]
4 a hand tool consisting of a rotating shaft with parallel handle [syn: starter]

Verb

1 travel along a zigzag path; "The river zigzags through the countryside" [syn: zigzag]
2 start by cranking; "crank up the engine" [syn: crank up]
3 rotate with a crank [syn: crank up]
4 fasten with a crank
5 bend into the shape of a crank

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

  • /kræŋk/
  • /kr

Extensive Definition

Crank may refer to:

Mathematics

  • Crank conjecture, a term coined by Freeman Dyson to explain congruence patterns in integer partitions.

Mechanics

  • Crank, in mechanical engineering, a bent portion of an axle, or shaft, or an arm keyed at right angles to the end of a shaft, by which motion is imparted to or received from it
  • Crankshaft, the part of a piston engine which translates reciprocating linear piston motion into rotation
  • Crankset, the component of a bicycle drivetrain that converts the reciprocating motion of the rider's legs into rotational motion used to drive the chain, which in turn drives the rear wheel

People

Places

Popular culture

Slang

  • Crank, a disparaging term for a person who holds unorthodox opinions
  • Crank calls, a term for false telephone calls made to strangers
  • Crank, a slang term for the powdered form of the recreational drugs methamphetamine or amphetamine
crank in German: Kurbel
crank in Japanese: クランク

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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