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weather vane

or weathervane

a device, as a rod to which a freely rotating pointer is attached, for indicating the direction of the wind.
Also called vane, wind vane.
Origin of weather vane
First recorded in 1715-25 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Arne knew the pin; for it was the same that had fastened the weather vane.

    Arne: Early Tales and Sketches Bjornstjerne Bjornson
  • The figure turns in the wind, and is the weather vane of the city.

    Zigzag Journeys in Europe Hezekiah Butterworth
  • You can hardly name them unless you look at the weather vane.

    The Colour of Life Alice Meynell
  • Then I remembered that I had tied my horse to the weather vane.

  • The weather vane on Squire Bean's barn dazzles so the rooster seems to be shooting gold arrows into the river.

    The Village Watch-Tower (AKA Kate Douglas Riggs) Kate Douglas Wiggin
  • Well, do you suppose I'm going to be found stuck up here like a confounded rooster on a weather vane?

  • The only other meteorological instrument dating back to classical antiquity, so far as known, is the weather vane.

    Meteorology Charles Fitzhugh Talman
  • Educated Chinamen inform me that it is over 3,000 years old and had a weather vane.

  • If you pass a weather vane on your way home, see if you can read the letters on it and find out what they mean.

    Where We Live Emilie Van Beil Jacobs
British Dictionary definitions for weather vane

weather vane

a vane designed to indicate the direction in which the wind is blowing
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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