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crank in Technology topic

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishcrankcrank1 /kræŋk/ noun [countable]  1 DTa handle on a piece of equipment, that you can turn in order to move something2 informalMPSTRANGE someone who has unusual ideas and behaves strangely Zoff was originally dismissed as a crank, but his theories later became very influential.3 crank call/letter4 BAD-TEMPERED American English informal someone who easily gets angry or annoyed with people
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crankYou had to be a crank to insist on being right.Call me a crank, but I think the world was a lot better before mobile phones came along.He is prepared for sceptics who think he's a crank.Handles and cranks, architectural facades, and pump housings were cast-iron.Vegetarians were once regarded as cranks.Alternatively, the loan of a Proctor flap crank would enable Q6-sized versions to be fabricated.This was a simple affair worked by one-man-power, just the turning of a large crank.In addition, Los Angeles has always demonstrated a remarkably high tolerance for spiritual innovators, political cranks, and religious eccentrics.The reason this cumbersome arrangement was used was because the simple crank had already been patented in 1780.Many people are unaware of the recall because the bikes can work perfectly before the crank suddenly breaks off.