Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A group of people working together; a gang.
  • noun Slang A group of people, especially friends or associates.
  • noun All personnel operating or serving aboard a ship.
  • noun All of a ship's personnel except the officers.
  • noun All personnel operating or serving aboard an aircraft in flight.
  • noun A team of rowers, as of a racing shell.
  • noun The sport of rowing.
  • intransitive verb To serve as a member of a crew.
  • intransitive verb To serve as a crew member on.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An archaic preterit of crow.
  • noun An accession; a reinforcement; a company of soldiers or others sent as a reinforcement, or on an expedition. See accrue, n.
  • noun Any company of people; an assemblage; a crowd: nearly always in a derogatory or a humorous sense.
  • noun Nautical: The company of seamen who man a ship, vessel, or boat; the seamen belonging to a vessel; specifically, the common sailors of a ship's company.
  • noun The company or gang of a ship's carpenter, gunner, boatswain, etc.
  • noun Any company or gang of laborers engaged upon a particular work, as the company of men (engineer, fireman, conductor, brakemen, etc.) who manage and run a railroad-train.
  • noun Synonyms Band, party, herd, mob, horde, throng.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Zoöl.) The Manx shearwater.
  • imp. of crow
  • noun A company of people associated together; an assemblage; a throng.
  • noun The company of seamen who man a ship, vessel, or at; the company belonging to a vessel or a boat.
  • noun In an extended sense, any small body of men associated for a purpose; a gang.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A group of people (often staff) manning and operating a large facility or piece of equipment such as a factory, ship, boat, or airplane
  • noun plural: crew A member of the crew of a vessel or plant
  • noun nautical, plural: crew A member of a ship's company who is not an officer
  • noun art The group of workers on a dramatic production who are not part of the cast
  • noun art, plural: crew A worker on a dramatic production who is not part of the cast
  • noun A group of people working together on a task
  • noun informal, often derogatory A close group of friends
  • noun often derogatory A set of individuals lumped together by the speaker
  • noun slang, hip-hop A hip-hop group
  • noun sports, rowing, uncountable The sport of competitive rowing.
  • noun rowing A rowing team manning a single shell.
  • verb transitive and intransitive To be a member of a vessel's crew
  • verb To be a member of a work or production crew
  • verb To supply workers or sailors for a crew
  • verb nautical To do the proper work of a sailor
  • verb nautical To take on, recruit (new) crew
  • verb UK Simple past tense and past participle of crow. To have made the characteristic sound of a rooster.
  • noun UK, dialectal A pen for livestock such as chickens or pigs

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun an informal body of friends
  • noun the men and women who man a vehicle (ship, aircraft, etc.)
  • verb serve as a crew member on
  • noun the team of men manning a racing shell
  • noun an organized group of workmen

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English creue, military reinforcement, from Old French, increase, from feminine past participle of creistre, to grow, from Latin crēscere; see ker- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

from Middle English, from Old French creue ("an increase, recruit, military reinforcement"), the feminine past participle of creistre ("grow"), from Latin crescere ("to arise, grow")

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Probably of Brythonic origin.

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