cranny

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n cranny a small opening or crevice (especially in a rock face or wall)
    • n cranny a long narrow depression in a surface
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Cranny A small, narrow opening, fissure, crevice, or chink, as in a wall, or other substance. "In a firm building, the cavities ought not to be filled with rubbish, but with brick or stone fitted to the crannies .""He peeped into every cranny ."
    • Cranny (Glass Making) A tool for forming the necks of bottles, etc.
    • a Cranny Quick; giddy; thoughtless.
    • Cranny To crack into, or become full of, crannies. "The ground did cranny everywhere."
    • Cranny To haunt, or enter by, crannies. "All tenantless, save to the crannying wind."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n cranny Any small narrow opening, fissure, crevice, or chink, as in a wall, a rock, a tree, etc.
    • cranny To become intersected with or penetrated by crannies, clefts, or crevices.
    • cranny To enter by crannies; haunt crannies.
    • cranny Pleasant; brisk; jovial.
    • n cranny A tool for forming the necks of glass bottles.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Cranny kran′i a rent: a chink: a secret place
    • v.i Cranny to enter crannies
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Idioms

Every nook and cranny - If you search every nook and cranny, you look everywhere for something.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. cran, notch, prob. from L. crena,a doubful word)

Usage

In literature:

There were innumerable nooks and crannies where articles could be stored, but in every instance they contained nothing.
"The Rider of Waroona" by Firth Scott
I considered crevices and fissures in the surface, some cranny large enough for Karpin to have stuffed the body into.
"The Risk Profession" by Donald Edwin Westlake
Give us that to stop the cranny.
"The Wagnerian Romances" by Gertrude Hall
The fog of suspicion swelled and spread and penetrated into every cranny and level of society.
"Punch or the London Charivari, October 20, 1920" by Various
They creep in through the cracks and crannies and eat the grain.
"Ben Comee" by M. J. (Michael Joseph) Canavan
Delicate ferns and ice-plants sprang from its chinks and crannies.
"The Dop Doctor" by Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
This is the salt water percolating through invisible crannies in the rock.
"Rambles Beyond Railways;" by Wilkie Collins
She's searched the Mansion from A to Izzard, knowin' every crane an' cranny of it, an' found nothin'.
"The Brass Bound Box" by Evelyn Raymond
But a thorough search of every nook and cranny revealed nothing whatever of a suspicious nature.
"The Einstein See-Saw" by Miles John Breuer
They search every hole, nook, and cranny.
"Harper's Young People, October 19, 1880" by Various
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In poetry:

I or the gaunt black wolf
Who crouches in some lair
Of corner, cranny, shelf,
Ready to pounce and tear.
"Fait Accompli" by Vassar Miller
The snow-flakes slowly sifted
In through each cranny and seam,
But only the sunshine drifted
Into the news-boy's dream.
"The News-Boy's Dream of the New Year" by Kate Seymour Maclean
How draughty the north is. How ruffled
And sulky… O whirlwind, drive,
Feel, search all the crannies and hollows,
Find me my song alive!
"The spring-it had simply been you" by Boris Pasternak
Sterile these stones
By time in ruin laid.
Yet many a creeping thing
Its haven has made
In these least crannies, where falls
Dark's dew, and noonday shade.
"The Corner Stone" by Walter de la Mare
And oft, like some thin faery-thing,
The stormy hush amid,
I hear his captive trebles sing
Beneath the kettle's lid;
Or now a harp of elfland string
In some dark cranny hid.
"The Wind Of Winter" by Madison Julius Cawein
Or when autumnal leaves he scatters far,
Or mournful sighs the crannied rocks among,
Till dark-rob'd winter mounts her ebon car,
Then hails his queen, and howls her path along.
"Wind" by Charlotte Dacre

In news:

Radio Boise today turned on its new transmitter, stationed atop the US Bank building 's roof in Boise and designed to send the station's signal into all the nooks and crannies of the downtown core.
Lewis is familiar with every nook and cranny of his new restaurant, Leon's on the Restless Ribbon.
Nest, Nook and Cranny by Susan Blackaby.
An Ultrasound That Navigates Every Nook and Cranny .
The sold-out crowd was dense, seemingly sprouting out of every nook and cranny.
Madison Eaves , 16, calls fashion "wearable art" and said she looks for clothes in the "nook and cranny" of stores.
The term family business' spreads four-fold at the Nooks and Crannies antique store in Grand Haven.
Old courthouse open to public for ' nooks and crannies ' tour.
Volunteers will be leading a " Nooks and Crannies Tour" at Washington County's Historic Courthouse from 11 am to 3 pm on Sunday, Oct 7.
Nooks and Crannies .
Trolling the Mind's Nooks and Crannies for Images.
Tim Hicks is a 25-year-old Australian with an interesting hobby: He trawls the nooks and crannies of the internet looking for manufacturer service manuals and posts the PDFs online for free.
Congress passed Dodd-Frank in response to the financial crisis, but its reach extends into every nook and cranny of the American economy.
Imagine a bridge or pipeline where every drop of water simply fell off—never puddling, even in the smallest nooks and crannies.
When this year's recession-fueled budget crunch forced the Corzine administration to look into the nooks and crannies of where taxpayer dollars go, officials found some disturbing things.
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In science:

In a confined nook and cranny somewhere in the premordial sea, there was a very favorable conditions for the autocatalytic reactions to take place and after a sufficiently long time, the initial homochiral selection was established.
Chirality Selection Models in a Closed System
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