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crane (krān)
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n.
1.
a. Any of various large wading birds of the family Gruidae, having a long neck, long legs, and a long bill.
b. A similar bird, such as a heron.
2. A machine for hoisting and moving heavy objects by means of cables attached to a movable boom.
3. Any of various devices with a swinging arm, as in a fireplace for suspending a pot.
v. craned, cran·ing, cranes
v.tr.
1. To hoist or move with or as if with a crane.
2. To strain and stretch (the neck, for example) in order to see better.
v.intr.
1. To stretch one's neck toward something for a better view.
2. To be irresolute; hesitate.

[Middle English, from Old English cran; see gerə-2 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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crane
top: gray crowned crane
Balearica regulorum
bottom: mechanical crane at a construction site
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Crane, Stephen 1871-1900.
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American writer whose works include The Red Badge of Courage (1895) and the short story "The Open Boat" (1898).

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Crane (krān), (Harold) Hart 1899-1932.
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American poet whose works, including The Bridge (1930), celebrate America's cultural past, present, and future.

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