weather vane


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Recent Examples on the Web Maya's Restaurant, which opened 35 years ago in an unassuming spot overlooking the industrial side of Gustavia Harbor, is the social weather vane. Kate Holstein, Condé Nast Traveler, "Falling in Love With St. Barts All Over Again," 10 Apr. 2020 And the stock market is sort of the best weather vane on how the economy's gonna do three, six months from now. Cnn Staff, CNN, "Dr. Sanjay's Gupta's coronavirus podcast for March 26: Saving lives or saving the economy," 26 Mar. 2020 When a train collision kills 18 people, the ensuing investigation whipsaws public opinion like a weather vane. Jesse Green, New York Times, "Review: ‘Judgment Day,’ an Allegory of Blame, Goes Big," 11 Dec. 2019 American folk art — paintings by itinerant artists, old signs, weather vanes, ship figureheads — was new to the art market. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "Edith Halpert and American Modernism," 14 Dec. 2019 Brown, the recipient of a four-year, $115 million extension on Monday, and Tatum are weather vanes for the Green., "The deck has been reshuffled for the Celtics and across the NBA. If the hoops cognoscenti are inversely as incorrect about this Celtics team as they were about last year’s, then it should be a wild ride for the right reasons this time.," 23 Oct. 2019 Credit Conditions Another weather vane monitored by economists consists of whether borrowing conditions are getting tougher, especially for small- and medium-sized businesses. Washington Post, "Tips for Spotting a U.S. Recession Before It Becomes Official," 19 Sep. 2019 The buildings — from a stunning stone church to the mansion topped with a rooster weather vane to the chapel — provide an impressive backdrop to the beautiful natural surroundings and views. Peter Marteka,, "A visit to Enders Island on the Mystic shoreline, a place where ‘all are welcome’," 13 Sep. 2019 There will be a silent auction where guests can win prizes like a weather vane, children's books and spa packages that range from massages to facials. Tyler Johnson, Houston Chronicle, "Gala to bring ‘speakeasy’ to Friendswood Library," 22 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of weather vane

circa 1721, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of weather vane was circa 1721

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“Weather vane.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of weather vane

: an object that is usually put on the top of a roof and that has an arrow that turns as the wind blows to show the direction of the wind

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Kids Definition of weather vane

: a movable device usually attached to a roof to show which way the wind is blowing

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