I. noun Etymology: Middle English cran, from Old English; akin to Old High German krano crane, Greek geranos, Latin grus Date: before 12th century 1. any of a family (Gruidae of the order Gruiformes) of tall wading birds superficially resembling the herons but structurally more nearly related to the rails 2. any of several herons 3. an often horizontal projection swinging about a vertical axis: as a. a machine for raising, shifting, and lowering heavy weights by means of a projecting swinging arm or with the hoisting apparatus supported on an overhead track b. an iron arm in a fireplace for supporting kettles c. a boom for holding a motion-picture or television camera II. verb (craned; craning) Date: 1570 transitive verb 1. to raise or lift by or as if by a crane 2. to stretch (as the neck) toward an object of attention <
craning her neck to get a better view
intransitive verb 1. to stretch one's neck toward an object of attention <
I craned out of the window of my compartment — Webb Waldron
2. hesitate

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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