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Definition 1: a hand tool consisting of a rotating shaft with parallel handle - [noun denoting artifact]

Synonyms for crank in the sense of this definition

(crank is a kind of ...) a tool used with workers' hands

(... is a kind of crank ) crank used to start an engine

Definition 2: an amphetamine derivative (trade name Methedrine) used in the form of a crystalline hydrochloride; used as a stimulant to the nervous system and as an appetite suppressant - [noun denoting artifact]

Synonyms for crank in the sense of this definition

(crank is a kind of ...) a central nervous system stimulant that increases energy and decreases appetite; used to treat narcolepsy and some forms of depression

(crank is a kind of ...) a drug or chemical substance whose possession and use are controlled by law

Definition 3: a bad-tempered person - [noun denoting person]

Synonyms for crank in the sense of this definition

(crank is a kind of ...) a person who is not pleasant or agreeable

(... is a kind of crank ) a quarrelsome grouch

(... is a kind of crank ) a belligerent grouch

(... is a kind of crank ) someone who dislikes people in general

Definition 4: a whimsically eccentric person - [noun denoting person]

Synonyms for crank in the sense of this definition

(crank is a kind of ...) a person with an unusual or odd personality

Definition 5: rotate with a crank - [verb of contact]

Synonyms for crank in the sense of this definition

(crank is a kind of ...) cause to turn on an axis or center

"Rotate the handle"

Definition 6: bend into the shape of a crank - [verb of contact]

(crank is a kind of ...) cause (a plastic object) to assume a crooked or angular form

"bend the rod" "twist the dough into a braid" "the strong man could turn an iron bar"

Definition 7: fasten with a crank - [verb of contact]

(crank is a kind of ...) cause to be firmly attached

"fasten the lock onto the door" "she fixed her gaze on the man"

Definition 8: start by cranking - [verb of motion]

Samples where crank or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • crank up the engine

Synonyms for crank in the sense of this definition

(crank is a kind of ...) get going or set in motion

"We simply could not start the engine" "start up the computer"

Definition 9: travel along a zigzag path - [verb of motion]

Samples where crank or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The river zigzags through the countryside

Synonyms for crank in the sense of this definition

(crank is a kind of ...) change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically

"How fast does your new car go?" "We travelled from Rome to Naples by bus" "The policemen went from door to door looking for the suspect" "The soldiers moved towards the city in an attempt to take it before night fell" "news travelled fast"

(crank implies ...) change orientation or direction, also in the abstract sense

"Turn towards me" "The mugger turned and fled before I could see his face" "She turned from herself and learned to listen to others' needs"

Definition 10: (used of boats) inclined to heel over easily under sail - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Synonyms for crank in the sense of this definition

(crank is similar to ...) lacking stability or fixity or firmness

"unstable political conditions" "the tower proved to be unstable in the high wind" "an unstable world economy"

(crank belongs to category ...) a small vessel for travel on water

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