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British Dictionary definitions for henry vane


  1. Also called: weather vane, wind vane a flat plate or blade of metal mounted on a vertical axis in an exposed position to indicate wind direction
  2. any one of the flat blades or sails forming part of the wheel of a windmill
  3. any flat or shaped plate used to direct fluid flow, esp a stator blade in a turbine, etc
  4. a fin or plate fitted to a projectile or missile to provide stabilization or guidance
  5. ornithol the flat part of a feather, consisting of two rows of barbs on either side of the shaft
  6. surveying
    1. a sight on a quadrant or compass
    2. the movable marker on a levelling staff
Derived Formsvaned, adjectivevaneless, adjective

Word Origin for vane

Old English fana; related to Old Saxon, Old High German fano, Old Norse fani, Latin pannus cloth


  1. Sir Henry, known as Sir Harry Vane. 1613–62, English Puritan statesman and colonial administrator; governor of Massachusetts (1636–37). He was executed for high treason after the Restoration
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Word Origin and History for henry vane



"wind indicator," early 15c., southern England alteration (see V) of fane.

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henry vane in Medicine


[vān]John Robert 1927-2004
  1. British pharmacologist. He shared a 1982 Nobel Prize for research on prostaglandins.
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henry vane in Science


  1. The flattened, weblike part of a feather, consisting of a series of barbs on either side of the rachis.
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