• Weathercocks and Vanes
    Weathercocks and Vanes
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n vane the flattened weblike part of a feather consisting of a series of barbs on either side of the shaft
    • n vane flat surface that rotates and pushes against air or water
    • n vane a fin attached to the tail of an arrow, bomb or missile in order to stabilize or guide it
    • n vane mechanical device attached to an elevated structure; rotates freely to show the direction of the wind
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Vanes near Dymchurch, Romney Marsh, Kent Vanes near Dymchurch, Romney Marsh, Kent

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Vane 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. "Aye undiscreet, and changing as a vane ."
    • Vane Any flat, extended surface attached to an axis and moved by the wind; as, the vane of a windmill; hence, a similar fixture of any form moved in or by water, air, or other fluid; as, the vane of a screw propeller, a fan blower, an anemometer, etc.
    • Vane One of the sights of a compass, quadrant, etc.
    • Vane (Zoöl) The rhachis and web of a feather taken together.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n vane A flag or pennon.—
    • n vane A weathercock; a device which is moved by the wind in such a manner as to show the wind's direction; a weathervane.
    • n vane A device used on shipboard to answer the purpose of a weathercock: generally called dogvane. It is usually a long slender cone of bunting, which is hoisted at the masthead and blows in the wind, pointing away from the quarter from which the wind comes.
    • n vane A device similar to a weather-vane, attached to an axis, and having a surface exposed to a moving current, as in an anemometer or a water-meter.
    • n vane In ornithology, the web of a feather on either side of the shaft; the pogonium; the vexillum. Also used of an arrow. See feather, and cuts under aftershaft and penciling.
    • n vane One of the plates or blades of a windmill, a screw propeller, and the like. See cuts under screw propeller (under screw), and smoke-jack.
    • n vane In surveying-instruments: A horizontal piece of wood or metal slipping on a levelingstaff. It is raised or lowered to any point of the staff to indicate the plane of apparent level at which it is cut by the axis of the telescope. See leveling-staff. Also called target, The sight of a quadrant or similar instrument for the measurement of angles, marking the direction from the eye to the object.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Vane vān a flag or banner: a thin slip of wood or metal at the top of a spire, &c., to show which way the wind blows: a weather-cock: the thin web of a feather: one of the blades of a windmill
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. & Prov. E. fane, weathercock, banner, AS. fana, a banner, flag; akin to D. vaan, G. fahne, OHG. fano, cloth, gund fano, flag, Icel. fāni, Sw. fana, Dan. fane, Goth. fana, cloth, L. pannus, and perhaps to Gr. ph^nos a web, phni`on a bobbin, spool. Cf. Fanon Pane a compartment, panel
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Older form fane—A.S. fana; Goth. fana, cloth, Ger. fahne; akin to L. pannus, Gr. penos, a cloth.


In literature:

Vane spurred it to a new activity.
"History of the English People, Volume VI (of 8)" by John Richard Green
The vane was broken loose and thrown into the sea along with some inches of the pole.
"The Voyage of the Vega round Asia and Europe, Volume I and Volume II" by A.E. Nordenskieold
Boys are like weather-vanes, you never can tell what way they're going next!
"Peggy-Alone" by Mary Agnes Byrne
Harry Vane, the governor, was among the number.
"A Modern History, From the Time of Luther to the Fall of Napoleon" by John Lord
These were put up by Mr. Gwilt in 1818, in place of the old vanes, dated 1689, the pattern of which was slightly different.
"Bell's Cathedrals: Southwark Cathedral" by George Worley
There were vanes on the plate.
"Space Platform" by Murray Leinster
Once as he looked down at a finely-carved weather-vane, a huge fang-fish rolled between him and his view.
"Hunters Out of Space" by Joseph Everidge Kelleam
You see, my heerers, for yourself, my trustin has not been in vane.
"The Bad Boy At Home And His Experiences In Trying To Become An Editor - 1885" by Walter T. Gray
And Mrs. Vane is right, it does feel good when you've told folks you are sorry.
"Tabitha at Ivy Hall" by Ruth Alberta Brown
Not so sore, though, as it was when Jennie Vanee and I got caught in the thunder and lightning.
"Dotty Dimple At Home" by Sophie May

In poetry:

And from that bonny lean-to boat
We vowed no more to roam;
From window panes to weather vanes
We loved our floating home.
"Industrious Carpenter Dan" by Wallace Irwin
``Then their ambition with your own will shock,
And they awhile on foremost seat may reign:
Men's favour is a quicksand, not a rock,
And veers like gust and vane.
"Sacred And Profane Love" by Alfred Austin
Now nights grow cold and colder,
And North the wild vane swings,
And round each tree and boulder
The driving snow-storm sings--
Come, make my old heart older,
O memory of lost things!
"A Song For Old Age" by Madison Julius Cawein
Ah! Ellery Vane, you little thought,
An hour ago, when you besought
This country lass to walk with you,
After the sun had dried the dew,
What terrible danger you'd be in,
As she tied her bonnet under her chin!
"The Love-Knot" by Nora Perry
There is wind in the twilight; in the white road before us
The straw from the ox-yard is blowing about;
The moon’s rim is rising, a star glitters o’er us,
And the vane on the spire-top is swinging in doubt.
"The Message Of The March Wind" by William Morris
Oft thus I pause, I think, I muse,
And thous and vther things I chuse,
Wheirof their's no thing myne to geue.
Then geue I ouer my vane contentione,
And'st, yues in nought but apprehensione,
So rests your dettore while I leiue.
"The Avthor To His Patrone" by Patrick Gordon

In news:

Because human weather vane Mitt Romney suddenly vocally supports it.
Winds blew a positive breeze on those competing for weather vanes during Garth's May 20-21 Americana auction.
Full-bodied cow weather vane brings $5,288 in Americana auction.
Grand Rapids Press File Photo Russell Vane appeared recently in Grand Rapids District Court.
Russell Vane , the 58-year-old recently charged in two murders and several rapes from more than 30 years ago, faces a probable cause hearing today.
They want the weather vane to remain in the city.
Rouss Fire Company in Winchester has a 60-day contract to sell "Old Jake" weather vane .
'World's Largest Weather Vane ' needs repairs.
The 48-foot weather vane , built in 1984, needs some repairs.
Wesley Vane Houser, age 83 of Montrose, died Saturday, Jan 22, 2005 at Howard Lake Good Samaritan Center.
Sharyn Vane American-Statesman special contributor.
Terry Richard/The Oregonian The weather vane at Gospodor Monument Park.
McBride makes the case that housing is a better weather vane for the overall direction of the economy.
0This two-vane collapsible paddle is insertable from the outside of a bin or silo through a 1¼-in NPT or 1½-in BSPT coupling.
A white pickup truck with government tags trailing nuclear testing devices and a weather vane has drawn the attention of Knoxville residents recently.

In science:

As a result of the E-ELT pupil design, the PSF pattern exhibits strong diffraction effects of the presence of several and large spider vanes.
Design, analysis, and testing of a microdot apodizer for the apodized pupil Lyot coronagraph (Research note). III. Application to extremely large telescopes
Therefore we note that better contrast than the ones presented in our plots are in principle reachable in areas free of the spider vane diffraction residuals.
Design, analysis, and testing of a microdot apodizer for the apodized pupil Lyot coronagraph (Research note). III. Application to extremely large telescopes
The central obscuration is 0.88 mm, while the thickness of the spider vane structures is 0.04 mm. A pupil image (apodized) was recorded using a mini-visible camera, and is shown in Fig. 3 (left).
Design, analysis, and testing of a microdot apodizer for the apodized pupil Lyot coronagraph (Research note). III. Application to extremely large telescopes
The residual energy surrounding the spider vane diffraction residuals (in the form of blue halos) present in both simulated and experimental images was expected.
Design, analysis, and testing of a microdot apodizer for the apodized pupil Lyot coronagraph (Research note). III. Application to extremely large telescopes
In our case, we indeed optimized and designed the apodizer profile with a pupil free of spider vane structures (i.e. only considering the central obscuration ratio).
Design, analysis, and testing of a microdot apodizer for the apodized pupil Lyot coronagraph (Research note). III. Application to extremely large telescopes