1 [kroo]
a group of persons involved in a particular kind of work or working together: the crew of a train; a wrecking crew.
the people who sail or operate a ship or boat.
the common sailors of a ship's company.
a particular gang of a ship's company.
the people who fly or operate an aircraft or spacecraft.
the team that rows a racing shell: varsity crew.
the sport of racing with racing shells: He went out for crew in his freshman year.
a company; crowd: He and his crew of friends filled the room.
any force or band of armed men.
verb (used with object)
to serve as a member of a crew on (a ship, aircraft, etc.).
to obtain or employ a crew for (a ship, aircraft, etc.).
verb (used without object)
to serve as a member of a crew.

1425–75; late Middle English crewe augmentation, hence reinforcements, body of soldiers < Middle French creue, literally, increase, noun use of feminine of Old French creu, past participle of creistre to grow < Latin crēscere; see crescent

crewless, adjective

See collective noun. Unabridged


2 [kroo]
a simple past tense of crow2.


2 [kroh]
verb (used without object), crowed or for 1, (especially British), crew; crowed; crowing.
to utter the characteristic cry of a rooster.
to gloat, boast, or exult (often followed by over ).
to utter an inarticulate cry of pleasure, as an infant does.
the characteristic cry of a rooster.
an inarticulate cry of pleasure.

before 1000; Middle English crowen, Old English crāwan; cognate with Dutch kraaien, German krähen; see crow1

crower, noun
crowingly, adverb

2. vaunt, brag. Unabridged
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crew1 (kruː)
1.  the men who man a ship, boat, aircraft, etc
2.  nautical a group of people assigned to a particular job or type of work
3.  informal a gang, company, or crowd
4.  to serve on (a ship) as a member of the crew
[C15 crue (military) reinforcement, from Old French creue augmentation, from Old French creistre to increase, from Latin crescere]

crew2 (kruː)
a past tense of crow

crow1 (krəʊ)
1.  See also carrion crow any large gregarious songbird of the genus Corvus, esp C. corone (the carrion crow) of Europe and Asia: family Corvidae. Other species are the raven, rook, and jackdaw and all have a heavy bill, glossy black plumage, and rounded wingsRelated: corvine
2.  any of various other corvine birds, such as the jay, magpie, and nutcracker
3.  any of various similar birds of other families
4.  offensive an old or ugly woman
5.  short for crowbar
6.  as the crow flies as directly as possible
7.  informal (US), (Canadian) eat crow to be forced to do something humiliating
8.  slang (Brit), (Austral) (interjection) stone the crows an expression of surprise, dismay, etc
Related: corvine
[Old English crāwa; related to Old Norse krāka, Old High German krāia, Dutch kraai]

crow2 (krəʊ)
1.  (past tense crowed or crew) to utter a shrill squawking sound, as a cock
2.  (often foll by over) to boast one's superiority
3.  (esp of babies) to utter cries of pleasure
4.  the act or an instance of crowing
[Old English crāwan; related to Old High German krāen, Dutch kraaien]

Crow (krəʊ)
n , Crows, Crow
1.  a member of a Native American people living in E Montana
2.  the language of this people, belonging to the Siouan family

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Word Origin & History

c.1437, from O.Fr. creue "an increase, recruit, military reinforcement," from fem. pp. of creistre "grow," from L. crescare "arise, grow." Meaning "people acting or working together" is first attested 1570. "Gang of men on a warship" is from 1692. Crew-cut first attested 1938, so called because the style
was originally adopted by boat crews at Harvard and Yale.

O.E. crawe, imitative of bird's cry. Phrase eat crow is probably based on the notion that the bird is edible when boiled but hardly agreeable; first attested 1851, Amer.Eng., but said to date to War of 1812 (Walter Etecroue turns up 1361 in the Calendar of Letter Books of the City of London). Crow's
foot "wrinkle around the corner of the eye" is late 14c. Phrase as the crow flies first recorded 1800.

O.E. crawian "make a loud noise like a crow;" sense of "exult in triumph" is 1522, perhaps in part because the English crow is a carrion-eater.

Indian tribe of the American Midwest, the name is a rough translation of their own name, Apsaruke.
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They have all been shut down for safety reasons but crew are still there working on insuring no catastrophic melt down occurs.
For the next two weeks, the crew and the science team worked around the clock,
  collecting hundreds of samples.
One of the more special moments in the marathon of launch events is crew
Wagoner says were useful both in production and as a tool for recruiting cast
  and crew members.
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