noun \ˈvān\

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

Full Definition of VANE

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
:  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>
:  the web or flat expanded part of a feather — see feather illustration
:  a feather fastened to the shaft near the nock of an arrow
vaned \ˈvānd\ adjective

Examples of VANE

  1. the vanes of a windmill

Origin 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

Other Climate/Meteorology Terms

monsoon, occlusion, ozone, rime, squall, zephyr


biographical name \ˈvān\

Definition of VANE

Sir Henry 1613–1662 the Younger Eng. statesman
VANED Defined for Kids


noun \ˈvān\

Definition of VANE for Kids

:  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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