From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Cran \Cran\ (kr[a^]n), Crane \Crane\ (kr[=a]n), n. [Scot., fr.
   Gael. crann.]
   A measure for fresh herrings, -- as many as will fill a
   barrel. [Scot.] --H. Miller.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Crane \Crane\ (kr[=a]n), n. [AS. cran; akin to D. & LG. craan,
   G. kranich, krahn (this in sense 2), Gr. ge`ranos, L. grus,
   W. & Armor. garan, OSlav. zerav[i^], Lith. gerve, Icel.
   trani, Sw. trana, Dan. trane. [root]24. Cf. Geranium.]
   1. (Zool.) A wading bird of the genus Grus, and allied
      genera, of various species, having a long, straight bill,
      and long legs and neck.
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   Note: The common European crane is Grus cinerea. The
         sand-hill crane (Grus Mexicana) and the whooping
         crane (Grus Americana) are large American species.
         The Balearic or crowned crane is Balearica pavonina.
         The name is sometimes erroneously applied to the herons
         and cormorants.
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   2. Any arm which swings about a vertical axis at one end,
      used for supporting a suspended weight.
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   3. 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.
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   4. An iron arm with horizontal motion, attached to the side
      or back of a fireplace, for supporting kettles, etc., over
      a fire.
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   5. A siphon, or bent pipe, for drawing liquors out of a cask.
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   6. (Naut.) A forked post or projecting bracket to support
      spars, etc., -- generally used in pairs. See Crotch, 2.
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   7. (Zool.) The American blue heron (Ardea herodias).
      [Local, U. S.]
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   Crane fly (Zool.), a dipterous insect with long legs, of
      the genus Tipula.

   Derrick crane. See Derrick.

   Gigantic crane. (Zool.) 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
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Crane \Crane\ (kr[=a]n), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Craned
   (kr[=a]nd); p. pr. & vb. n. Craning.]
   1. To cause to rise; to raise or lift, as by a crane; -- with
      up. [R.]
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            What engines, what instruments are used in craning
            up a soul, sunk below the center, to the highest
            heavens.                              --Bates.
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            An upstart craned up to the height he has.
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   2. To stretch, as a crane stretches its neck; as, to crane
      the neck disdainfully. --G. Eliot.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

crane \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.
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         The passengers eagerly craning forward over the
         bulwarks.                                --Howells.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Crotch \Crotch\ (kr[o^]ch; 224), n.; pl. Crotches
   (kr[o^]ch"[e^]z). [Cf. Crotchet, Crutch.]
   1. The angle formed by the parting of two legs or branches; a
      fork; the point where a trunk divides; as, the crotch of a
      tree. more specifically, the space on the human torso
      between the two legs; also, the corresponding part between
      the legs of a pair of pants, which is in contact with the
      crotch of the wearer; as, pants with a tight crotch have
      become very popular.
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   2. (Naut.) A stanchion or post of wood or iron, with two arms
      for supporting a boom, spare yards, etc.; -- called also
      crane and crutch. --Totten.
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   3. (Billiards) In the three-ball carom game, a small space at
      each corner of the table. See Crotched, below.
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