vane


vane
/veɪn / (say vayn)

noun
1. a flat piece of metal, or some other device fixed upon a spire or other elevated object in such a way as to move with the wind and indicate its direction; a weathercock.
2. a similar piece, or sail, in the wheel of a windmill, to be moved by the air.
3. any plate, blade, or the like, attached to an axis, and moved by or in air or a liquid: a vane of a screw propeller.
4. Ornithology the web of a feather.
5. Navigation, Surveying a sight on a quadrant or other surveying instrument.
{Middle English; Old English fana flag}
vaned, adjective
vaneless, adjective

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

Synonyms:
/ (of a windmill, propeller, etc.)


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