wind sock


: a truncated cloth cone open at both ends and mounted in an elevated position to indicate the direction of the wind

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web There's a small weather station off to the side of the garden that she’s outfitted with a wind sock, a thermometer, and a rain gauge. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, 20 Sep. 2022 It is shaped like a floppy wind sock and specialized for a single task, says Melissa Ingala, a bat biologist at Fairleigh Dickinson University, who was not involved with the study. Jack Tamisiea, Scientific American, 25 Mar. 2022 Zumthor crossed Wilshire, eating a green apple, his black shirt billowing behind him like a wind sock. Dana Goodyear, The New Yorker, 5 Oct. 2020 Thinking of the heliosphere like a wind sock, astronomers would want a probe that could essentially travel down the tail created by the sun's wind, extending the boundary of the solar system. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 4 Nov. 2019 But, as with an unshameable wind sock of a politician whose lies and blunders do nothing to unseat them, this is by no means Loudermilk’s undoing. Hermione Hoby, The New Yorker, 3 July 2019 At times the wind socks that lined the course were perpendicular to the ground and the second jump appeared to be particularly vulnerable to gusts. Will Graves, Houston Chronicle, 11 Feb. 2018 And sometimes, as with a sporty sunshine yellow stretch rayon jersey turned into an evening gown, with cuts here and there and one extra-long third sleeve dangling from the edge of a shoulder blade like an elegant wind sock, it just, well, works. Vanessa Friedman, New York Times, 11 Feb. 2018 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1928, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of wind sock was in 1928

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Cite this Entry

“Wind sock.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Mar. 2023.

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