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Dictionary Definition

vane

Noun

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]

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English

Etymology

Old English fana

Pronunciation

Homophones

Noun

  1. A weather vane.
  2. 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.
  3. The flattened, weblike part of a feather, consisting of a series of barbs on either side of the shaft.
  4. A sight on a sextant or compass.
  5. One of the metal guidance or stabilizing fins attached to the tail of a bomb or other missile.

Translations

radially mounted rigid surface

Italian

Adjective

vane p

Extensive Definition

Vane is a surname, and may refer to:
vane in Danish: Vane
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