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English Dictionary: vane by the DICT Development Group
2 results for vane
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. mechanical device attached to an elevated structure; rotates freely to show the direction of the wind
    Synonym(s): weathervane, weather vane, vane, wind vane
  2. a fin attached to the tail of an arrow, bomb or missile in order to stabilize or guide it
  3. flat surface that rotates and pushes against air or water
    Synonym(s): blade, vane
  4. the flattened weblike part of a feather consisting of a series of barbs on either side of the shaft
    Synonym(s): vane, web
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Vane \Vane\, n. [OE. & E. Prov. E. fane weathercock, banner, AS.
      fana a banner, flag; akin to D. vaan, G. fahne, OHG. fano
      cloth, gund fano flag, Icel. f[be]ni, Sw. fana, Dan. fane,
      Goth. fana cloth, L. pannus, and perhaps to Gr.[?] a web, [?]
      a bobbin, spool. Cf. {Fanon}, {Pane} a compartment, panel.]
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