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weather vane

or weath·er·vane

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  1. a device, as a rod to which a freely rotating pointer is attached, for indicating the direction of the wind.
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Origin of weather vane

First recorded in 1715–25
Also called vane, wind vane.
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Related Words for weather-vane

cock, vane, anemometer, weathercock, windsock

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Historical Examples of weather-vane

  • His plans were like a weather-vane, altered by every breeze.

    Micah Clarke

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • Every year a man climbs to the top to grease the weather-vane.

  • Standing there, he succeeded in straightening the rod that held the weather-vane.

  • Ross also looked at the weather-vane, and then at the advancing cloud.

    The Boy with the U. S. Weather Men

    Francis William Rolt-Wheeler

  • This species of weather-vane which looked upon the pavement was the signboard.

British Dictionary definitions for weather-vane

weather vane

  1. a vane designed to indicate the direction in which the wind is blowing
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Word Origin and History for weather-vane


also weathervane, 1721, from weather (n.) + vane.

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