or wind sock

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  1. 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.

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. 2018

Related Words for windsock

windsock, anemograph, anemometer, cock, vane, weathercock

British Dictionary definitions for windsock


  1. 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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