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Vane

Pronunciation: vān
n.1.
1.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.
Aye undiscreet, and changing as a vane.
- Chaucer.
2.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.
3.(Zool.) The rhachis and web of a feather taken together.
4.One of the sights of a compass, quadrant, etc.
Vane of a leveling staff
(Surv.) Same as Target, 3.
Noun1.vane - flat surface that rotates and pushes against air or water
Synonyms: blade
2.vane - mechanical device attached to an elevated structure; rotates freely to show the direction of the wind
3.vane - a metal fin attached to the tail of a bomb or missile in order to stabilize or guide it
4.vane - the flattened weblike part of a feather consisting of a series of barbs on either side of the shaft
Synonyms: web
mechanical device, weather vane, weathercock, weathervane, wind tee, wind vane
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