2. A machine for raising and lowering heavy weights, and, while holding them suspended, transporting
them through a limited lateral distance. In one form it consists of a projecting arm or jib of timber or
iron, a rotating post or base, and the necessary tackle, windlass, etc.; so called from a fancied similarity
between its arm and the neck of a crane See Illust. of Derrick.
3. An iron arm with horizontal motion, attached to the side or back of a fireplace, for supporting kettles,
etc., over a fire.
4. A siphon, or bent pipe, for drawing liquors out of a cask.
5. (Naut.) A forked post or projecting bracket to support spars, etc., generally used in pairs. See
Crane fly (Zoöl.), a dipterous insect with long legs, of the genus Tipula. Derrick crane. See Derrick.
Gigantic crane. (Zoöl.) See Adjutant, n., 3. Traveling crane, Traveler crane, Traversing
crane (Mach.), a crane mounted on wheels; esp., an overhead crane consisting of a crab or other hoisting
apparatus traveling on rails or beams fixed overhead, as in a machine shop or foundry. Water crane,
a kind of hydrant with a long swinging spout, for filling locomotive tenders, water carts, etc., with water.
(Crane) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Craned (krand); p. pr. & vb. n. Craning.]
1. To cause to rise; to raise or lift, as by a crane; with up. [R.]
What engines, what instruments are used in craning up a soul, sunk below the center, to the highest
An upstart craned up to the height he has.
2. To stretch, as a crane stretches its neck; as, to crane the neck disdainfully. G. Eliot.
(crane), v. i. to reach forward with head and neck, in order to see better; as, a hunter cranes
forward before taking a leap. Beaconsfield. Thackeray.
The passengers eagerly craning forward over the bulwarks.
1. (Bot.) The geranium; so named from the long axis of the fruit, which resembles the beak of a
crane. Dr. Prior.
2. (Surg.) A pair of long-beaked forceps.
(Crang) n. See Krang.
(||Cra"ni*a) n. [NL.] (Zoöl.) A genus of living Brachiopoda; so called from its fancied resemblance
to the cranium or skull.
(Cra"ni*al) a. (Anat.) Of or pertaining to the cranium.
(Cra"ni*o*clasm) n. [Cranium + Gr. to break.] (Med.) The crushing of a child's head, as
with the cranioclast or craniotomy forceps in cases of very difficult delivery. Dunglison.
(Cra"ni*o*clast) n. (Med.) An instrument for crushing the head of a fetus, to facilitate delivery
in difficult eases.
(Cra`ni*o*fa"cial) a. Of or pertaining to the cranium and face; as, the craniofacial angle.
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