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  • n  United States writer (1871-1900)
  • n  United States poet (1899-1932)
  • n  a small constellation in the southern hemisphere near Phoenix
  • n  lifts and moves heavy objects; lifting tackle is suspended from a pivoted boom that rotates around a vertical axis
  • n  large long-necked wading bird of marshes and plains in many parts of the world
  • v  stretch (the neck) so as to see better
    The women craned their necks to see the President drive by

  • If the cranes would just stay at safe, secluded Aransas, they might increasethough not very fast, since whooping crane couples go steady for a few years before mating.
  • Long-necked Japanese cranes make a peculiar gurgling squawk.
  • The whooping crane (Grus americana) is the tallest bird in North America.
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  • Michael Bloomberg in International Herald Tribune
    Do I think that you should worry if there's a crane across the street? No,Bloomberg said. "This is such a rare thing that I don't think we should worry about it."
  • Jim Hendry in International Herald Tribune
    I don't have a final number yet, but my boss, Crane Kenney, I think he feels that our payroll will go up slightly,Cubs general manager Jim Hendry said, referring to Chicago's chairman. "We're fortunate that it's not going to stay flat or...
  • Stephen Ames in Forbes
    I asked for a crane, but they wouldn't give me one,Ames said.

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