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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for vaned

Historical Examples of vaned

  • Through the water the Nevian commander darted along, steering his course accurately by means of his short, vaned tail.


    Edward Elmer Smith

  • I'm now vaned from all such vanities; for what are all those rarities and vagaries to the glory that shall be revealed hereafter?

British Dictionary definitions for vaned



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
  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



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 vaned



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

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vaned in Medicine


[vān]John Robert 1927-2004

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



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