Meaning of VANE in English


n.1 (in full weather-vane) a revolving pointer mounted on a church spire or other high place to show the direction of the wind (cf. WEATHERCOCK).

2 a blade of a screw propeller or a windmill etc.

3 the sight of surveying instruments, a quadrant, etc.

4 the flat part of a bird's feather formed by the barbs.


vaned adj. vaneless adj.

Etymology: ME, southern & western var. of obs. fane f. OE fana banner f. Gmc

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.