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Definition of: RANCE
- (n.) A prop or shore.
- (n.) A round between the legs of a chair.
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- (n.) A measure for fresh herrings, -- as many as will fill a barrel.
- (n.) A wading bird of the genus Grus, and allied genera, of various species, having a long, straight bill, and long legs and neck.
- (n.) A machine for raising and lowering heavy weights, and, while holding them suspended, transporting them through a limited lateral distance. In one form it consists of a projecting arm or jib of timber or iron, a rotating post or base, and the necessary tackle, windlass, etc.; -- so called from a fancied similarity between its arm and the neck of a crane See Illust. of Derrick.
- (n.) An iron arm with horizontal motion, attached to the side or back of a fireplace, for supporting kettles, etc., over a fire.
- (n.) A siphon, or bent pipe, for drawing liquors out of a cask.
- (n.) A forked post or projecting bracket to support spars, etc., -- generally used in pairs. See Crotch, 2.
- (v. t.) To cause to rise; to raise or lift, as by a crane; -- with up.
- (v. t.) To stretch, as a crane stretches its neck; as, to crane the neck disdainfully.
- (v. i.) to reach forward with head and neck, in order to see better; as, a hunter cranes forward before taking a leap.
- (n.) A pearly substance which lines the interior of many shells, and is most perfect in the mother-of-pearl. [Written also nacker and naker.] See Pearl, and Mother-of-pearl.