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vane

noun (n)

  • mechanical device attached to an elevated structure; rotates freely to show the direction of the wind (noun.artifact)
    source: wordnet30
  • a fin attached to the tail of an arrow, bomb or missile in order to stabilize or guide it (noun.artifact)
    source: wordnet30
  • flat surface that rotates and pushes against air or water (noun.artifact)
    Synonym: blade
    source: wordnet30
  • the flattened weblike part of a feather consisting of a series of barbs on either side of the shaft (noun.animal)
    Synonym: web
    source: wordnet30
  • A contrivance attached to some elevated object for the purpose of showing which way the wind blows; a weathercock. It is usually a plate or strip of metal, or slip of wood, often cut into some fanciful form, and placed upon a perpendicular axis around which it moves freely. (noun)
    source: webster1913

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