- any fixed or movable plane surface on the outside of a rocket providing directional control while the rocket is within the atmosphere.
- a similar plane surface located in the exhaust jet of a reaction engine, providing directional control while the engine is firing.
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Origin of vane
OTHER WORDS FROM vanevaned, adjectivevaneless, adjectivemul·ti·vane, adjective
Words nearby vane
Definition for vane (2 of 2)
Example sentences from the Web for vane
But, I refuse to believe that all the hard work that those who have marched, spoken and fought for us to progress is in vane.
Danielle Pletka, head of foreign policy at the American Enterprise Institute, has called Romney a “weather vane.”
Captain Vane came from the observatory, his face blazing with excitement and oily with heat, to announce the fact.The Giant of the North|R.M. Ballantyne
For the rooster who was always perched on the weather-vane on the barn was up so high and he shone like gold.Seven O'Clock Stories|Robert Gordon Anderson
Oh seruant, vertue strengthen me.Thy presence blowes round my affections vane:You will vndoe me, if you speake againe.The Fatal Dowry|Philip Massinger
The letter was written when Mr. Vane's interest in Parliament was very great.The Loyalists of America and Their Times, Vol. 1 of 2|Egerton Ryerson
Sydney Vane had been a popular man; he belonged to a well-known county family, and had left a widow and child.A Life Sentence|Adeline Sergeant
British Dictionary definitions for vane (1 of 2)
- a sight on a quadrant or compass
- the movable marker on a levelling staff