- 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.
Origin of vane
Related formsvaned, adjectivevane·less, adjectivemul·ti·vane, adjective
Definition for vane (2 of 2)
Examples from the Web for vane
That it was a love-match on one side, the words of Vane Charteris have assured us.Guy Kenmore's Wife and The Rose and the Lily|Mrs. Alex McVeigh Miller
The instant that Vane had been announced Jeannette Vanlief had left her father's side.The Imitator|Percival Pollard
Vane continued to gaze at him with a sternness not habitual to him.The Ball and The Cross|G.K. Chesterton
“There ought not to have been a second one, uncle,” said Vane dolefully.The Weathercock|George Manville Fenn
Ten minutes later and Vane would have got rid of his old love and taken on with his new one.Madame Flirt|Charles E. Pearce
British Dictionary definitions for vane (1 of 2)
- a sight on a quadrant or compass
- the movable marker on a levelling staff