[krangk-shaft, -shahft] /ˈkræŋkˌʃæft, -ˌʃɑft/
a having one or more , usually formed as integral parts.
a shaft having one or more cranks, esp the main shaft of an internal-combustion engine to which the connecting rods are attached
1854, from crank (v.) + shaft (n.). The basic form of the mechanism appears to date from Roman times.
[krangk-sahy-did] /ˈkræŋkˌsaɪ dɪd/ adjective, Southern U.S. 1. lopsided; askew.
- Crank someone up
- Crank something out
verb phrase To produce or make something, esp with mechanical precision and regularity: with the kind of junk the studios are cranking out (1950s+)
[krangk-uhp] /ˈkræŋkˌʌp/ noun 1. an act or instance of cranking up.