weather vane


Examples of weather vane in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Sign up The point is not to lionize Haley, whose timidity in the face of Trump has made a weather vane seem like a model of principled constancy. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, 31 Aug. 2023 In a sloping backyard in Vallejo, California, Nicholas Spada adjusted a piece of equipment that looked like a cross between a tripod, a briefcase and a weather vane. Smithsonian Magazine, 5 Sep. 2023 As part of the celebration marking the return of the Preakness, the colors of the race’s winner were painted onto the ornamental weather vane at Pimlico Racecourse for the first time. Houston Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, 12 May 2022 Many see the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show as a kind of boat sales weather vane, indicating how the rest of the year will fare. Parker traveled down to the boat show from Jacksonville to find a fishing boat that will suit both him and his wife, who also fishes. Shira Moolten, Sun Sentinel, 29 Oct. 2022 Easily assembled out of pine, it can be topped with a weather vane, or coated with protective tung oil instead of paint. Jill Gleeson, Country Living, 31 Mar. 2023 The College of William & Mary, Virginia Named for its royal English founders, William & Mary is the second-oldest college in the U.S. after Harvard and is anchored by the brick Wren Building, whose weather vane bears the founding date of 1693. Travel + Leisure Editors, Travel + Leisure, 27 Mar. 2023 The artwork, essentially a weather vane which was built over a storefront-style mannequin, had to be disassembled in order to be hauled up 60 steps on the extremely narrow staircase in Williams’ post-1906 earthquake, three-story home. Sam Whiting, San Francisco Chronicle, 6 Mar. 2023 Republican donors, a reliable party weather vane, have likewise turned his way. Matt Flegenheimer, New York Times, 13 Sep. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1721, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of weather vane was circa 1721

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“Weather vane.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jun. 2024.

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