Definition of 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.
- 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.
- One of the sights of a compass, quadrant, etc.
- The rhachis and web of a feather taken together.
bearing, weather vane, carriage, bucket, brand, chamber, cam, belt, sword, steel, device, web, blade, wind gauge, leaf blade, ancillary, button, ball bearing, weathervane, weathercock, wind vane, network, entanglement, camshaft.
At noon with him and Sir W. Batten to dinner at Trinity House; where, among others, Sir J. Robinson, Lieutenant of the Tower, was, who says that yesterday Sir H. Vane had a full hearing at the King's Bench, and is found guilty; and that he did never hear any man argue more simply than he in all his life, and so others say.- "Diary of Samuel Pepys, Complete Transcribed From The Shorthand Manuscript In The Pepysian Library Magdalene College Cambridge By The Rev. Mynors Bright", Samuel Pepys Commentator: Lord Braybrooke.
- "The Girl at Cobhurst", Frank Richard Stockton.
It had a view of the sea, a warm southern exposure, and a good and interesting garden: in one corner a quaint little arbour, with a pole and vane, and near the centre a genuine old- fashioned draw- well.- "The Eulogy of Richard Jefferies", Walter Besant.