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Then its wings — 132 feet from tip to tip — began to spin around its axis like a weather vane. Avi Selk, Washington Post, "‘A C-130 literally just dropped out of the sky:’ A deadly plane crash stuns drivers in Savannah," 3 May 2018 Even the old weather vane was polished and put back on top of the workshop's new roof. Janet Eastman,, "Neglected, humble Woodstock cottage flips (before, during, after photos)," 6 Apr. 2018 The wind was strong enough to spin a weather vane, but Rosen was unflappable. Sam Farmer,, "At UCLA's pro day, Josh Rosen shows he can do more than sling it," 16 Mar. 2018 The museum’s permanent collection consists of more than 1,100 objects of American and European sporting art, including paintings, sculpture, prints, photography, weather vanes and objects d’art dating from the late 17th century to the present. The New York Times, New York Times, "The Museums Times Reporters Like to Visit on Their Days Off," 13 Mar. 2018 But then the Association started honoring each president, sequentially, beginning with a dove copied from the weather vane at George Washington's Mount Vernon estate. CBS News, "Trimming the tree with presidential history," 17 Dec. 2017 But the real weather vane for the country may be many rungs down the ballot in obscure races for the House of Delegates. Trip Gabriel, New York Times, "In Obscure Virginia Races, a Test of Anger at the President," 2 Nov. 2017 To ensure that final vowel stays banished, there's not a flag, whirligig, weather vane, or braided rug in sight. Kathleen Hackett, ELLE Decor, "A Haven in the Hamptons," 29 June 2010 The arms of the tower cranes are left unlocked during storms, allowing them to swing around and follow the wind, much like a weather vane. Alan Gomez, USA TODAY, "High-rise crane collapses in downtown Miami in hurricane-strength winds," 10 Sep. 2017

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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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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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