Rocker vs Crank - What's the difference?
As nouns the difference between rocker and crank
is that rocker
is rocker (someone passionate about rock music) while crank
is a bent piece of an axle or shaft, or an attached arm perpendicular, or nearly so, to the end of a shaft or wheel, used to impart a rotation to a wheel or other mechanical device; also used to change circular into reciprocating motion, or reciprocating into circular motion.
As an adjective crank is
(slang) strange, weird, odd.
As a verb crank is
to turn by means of a crank
A curved piece of wood attached to the bottom of a rocking chair or cradle that enables it to rock back and forth.
Hence, a rocking chair
(surfing) The lengthwise curvature of a surfboard. (More rocker is a more curved board.)
Someone passionate about rock music.
A musician who plays rock music.
(informal) A rock music song.
* Pitchfork Media [http://pitchfork.com/features/staff-lists/7852-the-top-200-tracks-of-the-1990s-50-21/3/]
- All modern surfboards share a similar rocker design — Bruce Jones [http://www.brucejones.com/longboar.htm]
One who rocks something.
- "Girls & Boys" is
(UK) A member of a British subculture of the 1960s, opposed to the mods, who dressed in black leather and were interested in 1950s music.
Any implement or machine working with a rocking motion, such as a trough mounted on rockers for separating gold dust from gravel, etc., by agitation in water.
A rocking horse.
A skate with a curved blade, somewhat resembling in shape the rocker of a cradle.
(engineering) A rock shaft.
- It was I, sir, said the rocker , who had the honour, some thirty years since, to attend on your highness in your infancy.
* off one's rocker
(slang) strange, weird, odd
sick; unwell; infirm
(nautical, of a ship) Liable to capsize because of poorly stowed cargo or insufficient ballast
Full of spirit; brisk; lively; sprightly; overconfident; opinionated.
* Mrs. Stowe
- He who was, a little before, bedrid, was now crank and lusty.
- If you strong electioners did not think you were among the elect, you would not be so crank about it.
A bent piece of an axle or shaft, or an attached arm perpendicular, or nearly so, to the end of a shaft or wheel, used to impart a rotation to a wheel or other mechanical device; also used to change circular into reciprocating motion, or reciprocating into circular motion.(rfex)
The act of converting power into motion, by turning a crankshaft.
(archaic) Any bend, turn, or winding, as of a passage.
* (rfdate) Spenser:
- Yes, a crank was all it needed to start .
(informal) An ill-tempered or nasty person
- So many turning cranks these have, so many crooks.
A twist or turn of the mind; caprice; whim; crotchet; also, a fit of temper or passion.
- Billy-Bob is a nasty old crank ! He chased my cat away.
(informal, British, dated in US) A person who is considered strange or odd by others. They may behave in unconventional ways.
- Violent of temper; subject to sudden cranks .
* 1882 January 14, in Pall Mall Gazette :
- John is a crank because he talks to himself .
(informal) An advocate of a pseudoscience movement.
- Persons whom the Americans since Guiteau's trial have begun to designate as ‘cranks’ —that is to say, persons of disordered mind, in whom the itch of notoriety supplies the lack of any higher ambition.
(US, slang) methamphetamine.
- That crank next door thinks he's created cold fusion in his garage.
(rare) A twist or turn in speech; a conceit consisting in a change of the form or meaning of a word.
* (rfdate) Milton:
- Danny got abscesses from shooting all that bathtub crank .
(obsolete) A sick person; an invalid.
- Quips, and cranks , and wanton wiles.
* 2013 , Reggie Chesterfield, Scoundrel (page 57)
- Thou art a counterfeit crank , a cheater.
- It was going to be hard not to blow with a girl like her sucking on his crank .
* See also .
To turn by means of a crank .
To turn a crank .
- Motorists had to crank their engine by hand.
- He's been cranking all day and yet it refuses to crank.
To cause to spin via other means, as though turned by a crank.
- He's been cranking all day and yet it refuses to crank .
- I turn the key and crank the engine; yet it doesn't turn over
To act in a cranky manner; to behave unreasonably and irritably, especially through complaining.
- Crank it up!
To be running at a high level of output or effort.
- Quit cranking about your spilt milk!
(dated) To run with a winding course; to double; to crook; to wind and turn.
* (rfdate) :
- By one hour into the shift, the boys were really cranking .
- See how this river comes me cranking in.
* crank axle
* crank call
* crank out
* crank pin
* crank shaft
* crank start
* crank up
* crank wheel
* turn someone's crank