starting-crank love


from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A crank used for starting machinery; specifically, in an internal-combustion motor, the crank by which the motor-shaft is turned, by hand, to draw in a charge of the mixture, compress it, and cause the first ignition. The engine will not, as a rule, start from rest until this starting process is performed upon it from without.


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  • The human, obstinate thing started off at the first trial, and probably would have done the same thing last night had we given the starting-crank one more turn.

    The Automobilist Abroad

  • In the end he did go on, but not until he, the sergeant, Willie Thornton, and one of the sentries had worked themselves hot at the starting-crank.

    Lady Bountiful

  • it introduced the first electric starter, which quickly caused the difficult and dangerous starting-crank technology to become extinct.

    The Man Who Saved The Cadillac


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