1 flat surface that rotates and pushes against air or water [syn: blade]
2 mechanical device attached to an elevated structure; rotates freely to show the direction of the wind [syn: weathervane, weather vane, wind vane]
3 a metal fin attached to the tail of a bomb or missile in order to stabilize or guide it
4 the flattened weblike part of a feather consisting of a series of barbs on either side of the shaft [syn: web]
EtymologyOld English fana
- Rhymes: -eɪn
- A weather vane.
- Any of several usually relatively thin, rigid, flat, or sometimes curved surfaces radially mounted along an axis, as a blade in a turbine or a sail on a windmill, that is turned by or used to turn a fluid.
- The flattened, weblike part of a feather, consisting of a series of barbs on either side of the shaft.
- A sight on a sextant or compass.
- One of the metal guidance or stabilizing fins attached to the tail of a bomb or other missile.
- Spanish: aspa
radially mounted rigid surface
- French: pale
Vane is a surname, and may refer to:
- Ben Vane
- Charles Vane
- Charles Vane-Tempest-Stewart, 6th Marquess of Londonderry
- Charles Vane-Tempest-Stewart, 7th Marquess of Londonderry
- Christopher Vane, 1st Baron Barnard
- Edith Vane-Tempest-Stewart, Marchioness of Londonderry
- George Vane-Tempest, 5th Marquess of Londonderry
- Harriet Vane
- Harry Vane, 11th Baron Barnard
- Sir Henry Vane the Elder (1589–1655), English courtier, father of Henry Vane the Younger
- Sir Henry Vane the Younger (1613–1662), statesman, Puritan, son of Henry Vane the Elder
- Henry Vane, 1st Earl of Darlington PC (c. 1705–March 6, 1758)
- Henry Vane, 2nd Earl of Darlington (1726–8 September 1792)
- Henry Francis Cecil Vane
- Henry Fletcher-Vane
- John Robert Vane
- Richard Fletcher-Vane, 2nd Baron Inglewood
- Robin Vane-Tempest-Stewart, 8th Marquess of Londonderry
- Romilda Vane
- William Henry Vane, 1st Duke of Cleveland, KG (27 July 1766–29 January 1842)
vane in Danish: Vane