or wind sock



a tapered, tubular cloth vane, open at both ends and having at the larger end a fixed ring pivoted to swing freely, installed at airports or elsewhere to indicate wind direction and approximate intensity.

Nearby words

  1. windscale,
  2. windscreen,
  3. windscreen wiper,
  4. windshield,
  5. windshield wiper,
  6. windsor,
  7. windsor and maidenhead,
  8. windsor bench,
  9. windsor castle,
  10. windsor chair

Origin of windsock

First recorded in 1925–30; wind1 + sock1

Also called air sleeve, air sock, wind cone, wind sleeve. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for windsock



a truncated cone of textile mounted on a mast so that it is free to rotate about a vertical axis: used, esp at airports, to indicate the local wind directionAlso called: air sock, drogue, wind sleeve, wind cone
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Word Origin and History for windsock



1929, from wind (n.1) + sock (n.).

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