Definition of crane noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//kreɪn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//kreɪn//
    Construction, Birds, How machines work
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  1. 1a tall machine with a long arm, used to lift and move building materials and other heavy objects See related entries: Construction, How machines work
  2. 2 a large bird with long legs and a long neck see also blue crane See related entries: Birds
  3. Word Originnoun sense 1 Middle English: figuratively from crane the bird (the same sense development occurred in the related German Kran and Dutch kraan, and in French grue). The verb dates from the late 16th cent. noun sense 2 Old English, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch kraan and German Kran, from an Indo-European root shared by Latin grus and Greek geranos.
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