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Meaning of vane by Wiktionary Dictionary


    Proper noun


    1. A female given name, nickname of Vanessa .

Explanation of vane by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. the flattened weblike part of a feather consisting of a series of barbs on either side of the shaft

    2. flat surface that rotates and pushes against air or water

    3. a fin attached to the tail of an arrow, bomb or missile in order to stabilize or guide it

    4. mechanical device attached to an elevated structure

    Definition of vane by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Vane ( vān ), n. [OE. & Prov. E. fane weathercock, banner, AS. fana a banner, flag; akin to D. vaan, G. fahne, OHG. fano cloth, gund fano flag, Icel. fāni, Sw. fana, Dan. fane, Goth. fana cloth, L. pannus, and perhaps to Gr. πῆνος a web, πηνίον a bobbin, spool. Cf. Fanon, Pane a compartment, panel.]

      1. A contrivance attached to some elevated object for the purpose of showing which way the wind blows; a weathercock. It is usually a plate or strip of metal, or slip of wood, often cut into some fanciful form, and placed upon a perpendicular axis around which it moves freely.

      Aye undiscreet, and changing as a vane. Chaucer.

      2. Any flat, extended surface attached to an axis and moved by the wind; as, “the vane of a windmill”; hence, a similar fixture of any form moved in or by water, air, or other fluid; as, “the vane of a screw propeller, a fan blower, an anemometer, etc”.

      3. ( Zool. ) The rhachis and web of a feather taken together.

      4. One of the sights of a compass, quadrant, etc.

      Vane of a leveling staff. ( Surv. ) Same as Target, 3.