vane

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noun \ ˈvān \

Definition of vane

1 a :a movable device attached to an elevated object (such as a spire) for showing the direction of the wind
b :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

vaned

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Examples of vane in a Sentence

  1. the vanes of a windmill

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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"

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Vane

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biographical name \ ˈvān \

Definition of Vane

Sir Henry 1613–1662 the Younger English statesman

VANE Defined for English Language Learners

vane

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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


VANE Defined for Kids

vane

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noun \ ˈvān \

Definition of vane for Students

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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