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VANE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does vane mean? 

VANE (noun)
  The noun VANE has 4 senses:

1. flat surface that rotates and pushes against air or water
2. mechanical device attached to an elevated structure; rotates freely to show the direction of the wind
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

  Familiarity information: VANE used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


VANE (noun)


Sense 1vane [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Flat surface that rotates and pushes against air or water

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

vane; blade

Hypernyms ("vane" is a kind of...):

rotating mechanism (a mechanism that rotates)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "vane"):

fan blade (blade of a rotating fan)

impeller (the blade of a rotor (as in the compressor of a jet engine))

paddle (a blade of a paddle wheel or water wheel)

rudder blade (the vertical blade on a rudder)

Holonyms ("vane" is a part of...):

aerogenerator; wind generator; windmill (generator that extracts usable energy from winds)

turbine (rotary engine in which the kinetic energy of a moving fluid is converted into mechanical energy by causing a bladed rotor to rotate)

propeller; propellor (a mechanical device that rotates to push against air or water)

oar (an implement used to propel or steer a boat)

chopper; eggbeater; helicopter; whirlybird (an aircraft without wings that obtains its lift from the rotation of overhead blades)


Sense 2vane [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Mechanical device attached to an elevated structure; rotates freely to show the direction of the wind

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

weather vane; weathervane; wind vane; vane

Hypernyms ("vane" is a kind of...):

mechanical device (mechanism consisting of a device that works on mechanical principles)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "vane"):

weathercock (weathervane with a vane in the form of a rooster)

wind tee (weather vane shaped like a T and located at an airfield)


Sense 3vane [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A metal fin attached to the tail of a bomb or missile in order to stabilize or guide it

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Hypernyms ("vane" is a kind of...):

fin (a stabilizer on a ship that resembles the fin of a fish)

Holonyms ("vane" is a part of...):

missile (a rocket carrying a warhead of conventional or nuclear explosives; may be ballistic or directed by remote control)


Sense 4vane [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The flattened weblike part of a feather consisting of a series of barbs on either side of the shaft

Classified under:

Nouns denoting animals

Synonyms:

web; vane

Hypernyms ("vane" is a kind of...):

blade (a broad flat body part (as of the shoulder or tongue))

Meronyms (parts of "vane"):

barb (one of the parallel filaments projecting from the main shaft of a feather)

Holonyms ("vane" is a part of...):

feather; plumage; plume (the light horny waterproof structure forming the external covering of birds)


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