- 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
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