[ veyn ]
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a blade, plate, sail, etc., in the wheel of a windmill, to be moved by the air.
any of a number of blades or plates attached radially to a rotating drum or cylinder, as in a turbine or pump, that move or are moved by a fluid, as steam, water, hot gases, or air.
a person who is readily changeable or fickle.
- 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.
Ornithology. the web of a feather.
Navigation, Surveying. either of two fixed projections for sighting an alidade or the like.
Archery. feather (def. 5).
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Origin of vane
before 1100; Middle English; Old English fana flag; cognate with German Fahne flag, Gothic fana segment of cloth; cf. gonfanon
OTHER WORDS FROM vanevaned, adjectivevaneless, adjectivemul·ti·vane, adjective
Other definitions for vane (2 of 2)
[ veyn ]
/ veɪn /
Sir Henry Sir Harry Vane, 1613–62, British statesman and author.
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How to use vane in a sentence
I'm now vaned from all such vanities; for what are all those rarities and vagaries to the glory that shall be revealed hereafter?The Expedition of Humphry Clinker|Tobias Smollett
Through the water the Nevian commander darted along, steering his course accurately by means of his short, vaned tail.Triplanetary|Edward Elmer Smith
British Dictionary definitions for vane (1 of 2)
/ (veɪn) /
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
- a sight on a quadrant or compass
- the movable marker on a levelling staff
Derived forms of vanevaned, adjectivevaneless, adjective
Word Origin for vane
Old English fana; related to Old Saxon, Old High German fano, Old Norse fani, Latin pannus cloth
British Dictionary definitions for vane (2 of 2)
/ (veɪn) /
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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Scientific definitions for 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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