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crane

noun [C] uk   /kreɪn/ us  

crane noun [C] (MACHINE)

a tall metal structure with a long horizontal part, used for lifting and moving heavy objects: The crane lifted the container off the ship.

crane noun [C] (BIRD)

a tall bird with long, thin legs and a long neck

crane

verb [I usually + adv/prep, T] uk   /kreɪn/ us  
to stretch in order to look at something: He craned forward to see the procession. Mike was craning his neck to get the first glimpse of the car.
Translations of “crane”
in Korean 기중기, 크레인…
in Arabic رافِعة…
in French grue…
in Turkish vinç, turna…
in Italian gru…
in Chinese (Traditional) 機器, 起重機,吊車…
in Russian подъемный кран, журавль…
in Polish dźwig, żuraw…
in Spanish grúa…
in Portuguese guindaste…
in German der Kran…
in Catalan grua…
in Japanese クレーン…
in Chinese (Simplified) 机器, 起重机,吊车…
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