weather vane

noun

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web There are nods to the old store such as the weather vane on the cupola and an old clock. Dallas News, 22 Mar. 2022 Other rods align themselves to that flow, like a weather vane in the wind. Emily Conover, Discover Magazine, 1 Apr. 2015 When it's built, the three-level casita has many magical features, like a weather vane that spins, a bed that flips and shutters that wave. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, 12 Nov. 2022 Keep the Taylor rule as an internal policy weather vane, but shoot for stabilizing inflation or aggregate demand (total spending) directly. WSJ, 22 Sep. 2022 The new ministerial position — an assistant minister — is a comparatively minor one, and its role will be limited, at least for the near term, mostly to conversation starter and weather vane. New York Times, 8 June 2022 Along the way, the movie became an unofficial weather vane for the industry at large, film-industry executives said, as its shifting release date was seen as an indicator of how optimistic studios were about when theaters would reopen. Erich Schwartzel, WSJ, 30 May 2022 The platform has historically served as something of a social media weather vane, indicating the directions in which the industry is headed. Los Angeles Times, 10 May 2022 An unlatched green gate in the country, a weather vane on top of an empty barn. The New Yorker, 23 May 2022 See More

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/weather%20vane. Accessed 1 Feb. 2023.

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