Definition of vane
1a : a movable device attached to an elevated object (such as a spire) for showing the direction of the windb : one that is changeable or inconstant
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 : the web or flat expanded part of a feather — see feather illustration
4 : a feather fastened to the shaft near the nock of an arrow
vanedplay \ˈvānd\ adjective
Examples of vane in a Sentence
the vanes of a windmill
Recent Examples of vane from the Web
One such lore is the painting of the weather vane -- a miniature horse and rider -- on the Old Clubhouse cupola with the colors of the winning team for a year.
What the generic ballot has proven useful for over the years is as a sort of national weather vane -- suggesting which way the political winds are blowing, and how hard.
The wireless outdoor sensor features a thermometer, hygrometer, wind speed anemometer, wind direction vane and a self-emptying rainfall collector cup in a unit that is mounted on the roof.
Fire up the car, and topic number one is addressed almost immediately, especially when aggressive drive modes are selected and open the fully variable exhaust vanes.
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Origin and Etymology of vane
Middle English fane, vane “flag, pennant, weather vane,” going back to Old English fana, fane “banner, standard,” going back to Germanic *fanan- (whence Gothic fana “piece of cloth,” Old Saxon fano “cloth,” Old High German fano flag”; akin to Latin pannus “piece of cloth”
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
Definition of Vane
Sir Henry 1613–1662 the Younger English statesman
VANE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of vane for English Language Learners
: a thin, flat or curved object that is attached to a wheel and that moves when air or water pushes it
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