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vane

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noun \ˈvān\

Simple Definition of vane

  • : a thin, flat or curved object that is attached to a wheel and that moves when air or water pushes it

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of vane

  1. 1 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. 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 vanes of a windmill>

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

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

vaned

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Examples of vane in a sentence

  1. the vanes of a windmill



Origin and Etymology of vane

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


First Known Use: 14th century

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Vane

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biographical name \ˈvān\

Definition of Vane

  1. Sir Henry 1613–1662 the Younger Eng. statesman




VANE Defined for Kids

vane

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noun \ˈvān\

Definition of vane for Students

  1. 1 :  weather vane

  2. 2 :  a flat or curved surface that turns around a center when moved by wind or water <the vanes of a windmill>




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