Associations to the word «Vane»

Wiktionary

VANE, noun. (countable) A weather vane.
VANE, noun. Any of several usually relatively thin, rigid, flat, or sometimes curved surfaces radially mounted along an axis, as a blade in a turbine or a sail on a windmill, that is turned by or used to turn a fluid.
VANE, noun. (ornithology) The flattened, web-like part of a feather, consisting of a series of barbs on either side of the shaft.
VANE, noun. A sight on a sextant or compass.
VANE, noun. One of the metal guidance or stabilizing fins attached to the tail of a bomb or other missile.

Dictionary definition

VANE, noun. Mechanical device attached to an elevated structure; rotates freely to show the direction of the wind.
VANE, noun. A fin attached to the tail of an arrow, bomb or missile in order to stabilize or guide it.
VANE, noun. Flat surface that rotates and pushes against air or water.
VANE, noun. The flattened weblike part of a feather consisting of a series of barbs on either side of the shaft.

Wise words

Words are always getting conventionalized to some secondary meaning. It is one of the works of poetry to take the truants in custody and bring them back to their right senses.
William Butler Yeats