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 heavens.

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.

(Crane's"-bill`) n.

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.

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 Crotch, 2.

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