Meaning of VANE in English


transcription, транскрипция: [ ˈvān ]


Etymology: Middle English (southern dialect), from Old English fana banner; akin to Old High German fano cloth, Latin pannus cloth, rag

Date: 14th century


a. : a movable device attached to an elevated object (as a spire) for showing the direction of the wind

b. : one that is changeable or inconstant

2. : a thin flat or curved object that is rotated about an axis by a flow of fluid or that rotates to cause a fluid to flow or that redirects a flow of fluid

the vane s of a windmill

3. : the web or flat expanded part of a feather — see feather illustration

4. : a feather fastened to the shaft near the nock of an arrow

• vaned ˈvānd adjective

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.