- weather vane.
- 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).
Origin of vane
before 1100; Middle English; Old English fana flag; cognate with German Fahne flag, Gothic fana segment of cloth; cf. gonfanon
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Examples from the Web for vaned
Through the water the Nevian commander darted along, steering his course accurately by means of his short, vaned tail.Triplanetary
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?The Expedition of Humphry Clinker
- 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
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
Word Origin and History for vaned
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Vane(vān)John Robert 1927-2004
- British pharmacologist. He shared a 1982 Nobel Prize for research on prostaglandins.
- The flattened, weblike part of a feather, consisting of a series of barbs on either side of the rachis.
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