vane

[veyn]

noun


Origin of vane

before 1100; Middle English; Old English fana flag; cognate with German Fahne flag, Gothic fana segment of cloth; cf. gonfanon
Related formsvaned, adjectivevane·less, adjectivemul·ti·vane, adjective
Can be confusedvain vane vein

Vane

[veyn]

noun

Sir HenrySir Harry Vane, 1613–62, British statesman and author.
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Related Words for vane

feather, fan, weathercock

Examples from the Web for vane

Historical Examples of vane

  • No, Vane, indeed I won't, nor anyone else for ever and ever if you'll only forgive me this time.

    The Missionary

    George Griffith

  • Vane and I both agreed to acknowledge her and have her to live with us, but it was no use.

    The Missionary

    George Griffith

  • Vane Maxwell was in very good humour that night with himself and all the world.

    The Missionary

    George Griffith

  • I suppose after what you've said it's no use asking you to have a nightcap, Vane?

    The Missionary

    George Griffith

  • There was a little pause, during which Vane looked hard at the spirit-case.

    The Missionary

    George Griffith


British Dictionary definitions for vane

vane

noun

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
any one of the flat blades or sails forming part of the wheel of a windmill
any flat or shaped plate used to direct fluid flow, esp a stator blade in a turbine, etc
a fin or plate fitted to a projectile or missile to provide stabilization or guidance
ornithol the flat part of a feather, consisting of two rows of barbs on either side of the shaft
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

Vane

noun

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 vane
n.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

vane in Medicine

Vane

[vān]John Robert 1927-2004

British pharmacologist. He shared a 1982 Nobel Prize for research on prostaglandins.
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vane in Science

vane

[vān]

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