Part of speech: adjective

Unsteady; easily capsized; shaky; lively.

Part of speech: noun

A bent arm attached to an axis; or a bent portion of an axle, for converting rotary into reciprocating motion, or vice versa.

Part of speech: noun

An unbalanced person; a monomaniac.

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Usage examples "crank":

  1. He's a crank o' the first water; you'd ought to hear 'im talk. - "Stories of the Foot-hills", Margaret Collier Graham.
  2. " Crank it over to the left," Retief said. - "Gambler's World", John Keith Laumer.
  3. All of us began instantly to look about in search of the proper handle, seizing every crank and wheel in sight and striving to turn it. - "Edison's Conquest of Mars", Garrett Putman Serviss.