weather vane


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Built in 2018, the two-story home pays homage to Boston’s colonial style with dormer windows and a weather vane up top. Jack Flemming, Los Angeles Times, "Former Celtic Aron Baynes looks to pass Boston-area townhome," 14 Aug. 2019 Its confident, modernist lines are complemented by a less austere chorus of sloping roof, small lattice windows, curvaceous chimney-tops and a weather vane. The Economist, "Kinks in the clean lines of the Bauhaus," 1 Aug. 2019 Finally, the truest weather vane of the political winds is freshman Sen. Mitt Romney’s maiden diatribe against President Trump in the Washington Post. Daniel Henninger, WSJ, "The Right’s Resistance," 9 Jan. 2019 Instead, atop the Amazon bookstore at Palisades Village, a copper weather vane has a sailboat inscribed with the name of Caruso’s 216-foot yacht, Invictus. Christina Binkley, WSJ, "The Man Who Could Save Retail," 17 Sep. 2018 But even where the roofs have been painted over with drabber colors, there is a look to the exteriors—vaguely colonial, with cupolas that once hoisted metal weather vanes bearing the image of Simple Simon and the Pieman—that is the tipoff. Bob Greene, WSJ, "What Ever Happened to Howard Johnson’s?," 26 Sep. 2018 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

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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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