crewing

crew

1 [kroo]
noun
1.
a group of persons involved in a particular kind of work or working together: the crew of a train; a wrecking crew.
2.
Nautical.
a.
the people who sail or operate a ship or boat.
b.
the common sailors of a ship's company.
c.
a particular gang of a ship's company.
3.
the people who fly or operate an aircraft or spacecraft.
4.
the team that rows a racing shell: varsity crew.
5.
the sport of racing with racing shells: He went out for crew in his freshman year.
6.
a company; crowd: He and his crew of friends filled the room.
7.
any force or band of armed men.
verb (used with object)
8.
to serve as a member of a crew on (a ship, aircraft, etc.).
9.
to obtain or employ a crew for (a ship, aircraft, etc.).
verb (used without object)
10.
to serve as a member of a crew.

Origin:
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.
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crew

2 [kroo]
verb
a simple past tense of crow2.
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crew1 (kruː)
 
n
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
 
vb
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)
 
vb
a past tense of crow

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crew
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
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