crane

A crane is an elegant white bird with a very long neck. You're most likely to see cranes wading near shorelines and in marshy areas.

There are fifteen species of cranes, and almost all of them are endangered. Cranes are known for their odd mating dances and for the fact that they typically mate for life. When you crane your neck, you stretch it in order to get a better view of something — like a crane might do. The tall machine also known as a crane is clearly named for the long-necked bird as well.

Primary Meanings of crane

1.
n
large long-necked wading bird of marshes and plains in many parts of the world
2.
n
lifts and moves heavy objects; lifting tackle is suspended from a pivoted boom that rotates around a vertical axis
3.
v
stretch (the neck) so as to see better
Full Definitions of crane
1

n large long-necked wading bird of marshes and plains in many parts of the world

Types:
Grus americana, whooper, whooping crane
rare North American crane having black-and-white plumage and a trumpeting call
Type of:
wader, wading bird
any of many long-legged birds that wade in water in search of food
2

n lifts and moves heavy objects; lifting tackle is suspended from a pivoted boom that rotates around a vertical axis

Types:
davit
a crane-like device (usually one of a pair) for suspending or lowering equipment (as a lifeboat)
derrick
a simple crane having lifting tackle slung from a boom
transporter
a crane for moving material with dispatch as in loading and unloading ships
Type of:
lifting device
a device for lifting heavy loads
3

v stretch (the neck) so as to see better

“The women craned their necks to see the President drive by”
Synonyms:
stretch out
Type of:
extend, stretch
extend one's limbs or muscles, or the entire body

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