Pronunciation: (krangk),[key] —n. 1. Mach.any of several types of arms or levers for imparting rotary or oscillatory motion to a rotating shaft, one end of the crank being fixed to the shaft and the other end receiving reciprocating motion from a hand, connecting rod, etc.
2. Informal.an ill-tempered, grouchy person.
3. an unbalanced person who is overzealous in the advocacy of a private cause.
4. an eccentric or whimsical notion.
5. a strikingly clever turn of speech or play on words.
6. Archaic.a bend; turn.
7. Slang.the nasal decongestant propylhexedrine, used illicitly for its euphoric effects.
8. Auto. Slang.a crankshaft.
—v.t. 1. to bend into or make in the shape of a crank.
2. to furnish with a crank.
3. Mach.to rotate (a shaft) by means of a crank.
4. to start (an internal-combustion engine) by turning the crankshaft manually or by means of a small motor.
5. to start the engine of (a motor vehicle) by turning the crankshaft manually.
—v.i. 1. to turn a crank, as in starting an automobile engine.
2. Obs.to turn and twist; zigzag.
3. crank down, to cause to diminish or terminate: the president's efforts to crank down inflation. 4. crank in or into, to incorporate as an integral part: Overhead is cranked into the retail cost. 5. crank out, to make or produce in a mass-production, effortless, or mechanical way: She's able to crank out one best-selling novel after another. 6. crank up,Informal. a. to get started or ready: The theater season is cranking up with four benefit performances. b. to stimulate, activate, or produce: to crank up enthusiasm for a new product. c. to increase one's efforts, output, etc.: Industry began to crank up after the new tax incentives became law.
—adj. 1. unstable; shaky; unsteady.
2. of, pertaining to, or by an unbalanced or overzealous person: a crank phone call; crank mail. 3. Brit. Dial.cranky1 (def. 5).
Pronunciation: (krangk),[key] —adj.Naut. Also,cranky.having a tendency to roll easily, as a boat or ship; tender (opposed to stiff).