Meaning of VANE in English


noun one of the sights of a compass, quadrant, ·etc.

2. vane ·noun the rhachis and web of a feather taken together.

3. vane ·noun any flat, extended surface attached to an axis and moved by the wind; as, the vane of a windmill; hence, a similar fixture of any form moved in or by water, air, or other fluid; as, the vane of a screw propeller, a fan blower, an anemometer, ·etc.

4. vane ·noun a contrivance attached to some elevated object for the purpose of showing which way the wind blows; a weathercock. it is usually a plate or strip of metal, or slip of wood, often cut into some fanciful form, and placed upon a perpendicular axis around which it moves freely.

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