Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A local Scotch measure of capacity for fresh herrings, equal to 34 United States (old wine) gallons. Also crane.
- n. obsolete a measure of herrings, either imprecise or sometimes legally specified; also rarely a barrel made to hold such a measure
- n. music An embellishment played on the lowest note of a chanter of a bagpipe, consisting of a series of grace notes produced by rapid sequential lifting of the fingers of the lower hand.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Scot. A measure for fresh herrings, -- as many as will fill a barrel.
- n. a capacity unit used for measuring fresh herring
- Gaelic. (Wiktionary)
“I then watched him try to create a vodka cran, which is one of the easier drinks on the planet to make.”
“The language is borrowed from the "cran," or trivet on which small pots are placed in cookery, which is sometimes turned with its feet uppermost by an awkward assistant.”
“Anyway, did you know that a "cran" is a package of 1,200 errings?”
“I love that he is so thoughtful buying me the bagels I like and making sure there is always enough of my cran-apple juice in the fridge.”
“It's oj rather than cran (and if you don't have orange bitters, it'll still be fine).”
“The sweet vanilla cran-cherry flavors come back on the mid-palate and contnue through a medium-long finish, where they are joined by dusty earthy and cocoa powder flavors.”
“So anyway, I have looked far and wide into milk alternatives for my iced coffee with a splash of cran, and I thought that I would share them with you.”
“Yet after the abbatis abbatoir of Verdun and the unrequitable shame of 1940 the French turned to Indochine and Algerie with equally unrequited cran -- for identity-ratification -- for purification in battle, win or lose.”
“Can you ask Rebecca Stein if he's the type of guy to drop a little roofie into your vodka-cran and pretend it didn't happen?”
“But the filmmaker, who also plays himself — his nom d 'é cran is Simon — seems no less lost.”
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