Henry, sir vane

Vane

[veyn]
noun
Sir Henry (Sir Harry Vane) 1613–62, British statesman and author.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To henry, sir vane
Collins
World English Dictionary
vane (veɪn)
 
n
1.  weather vane, Also called: wind vane a flat plate or blade of metal mounted on a vertical axis in an exposed position to indicate wind direction
2.  any one of the flat blades or sails forming part of the wheel of a windmill
3.  any flat or shaped plate used to direct fluid flow, esp a stator blade in a turbine, etc
4.  a fin or plate fitted to a projectile or missile to provide stabilization or guidance
5.  ornithol the flat part of a feather, consisting of two rows of barbs on either side of the shaft
6.  surveying
 a.  a sight on a quadrant or compass
 b.  the movable marker on a levelling staff
 
[Old English fana; related to Old Saxon, Old High German fano, Old Norse fani, Latin pannus cloth]
 
vaned
 
adj
 
'vaneless
 
adj

Vane (veɪn)
 
n
Sir Henry, known as Sir Harry Vane. 1613--62, English Puritan statesman and colonial administrator; governor of Massachusetts (1636--37). He was executed for high treason after the Restoration

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Etymonline
Word Origin & History

vane
"wind indicator," early 15c., southern England alteration (see V) of fane.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
American Heritage
Medical Dictionary

Vane (vān), John Robert. Born 1927.

British pharmacologist. He shared a 1982 Nobel Prize for research on prostaglandins.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source
American Heritage
Science Dictionary
vane   (vān)  Pronunciation Key 
The flattened, weblike part of a feather, consisting of a series of barbs on either side of the rachis.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
Copyright © 2002. Published by Houghton Mifflin. All rights reserved.
Cite This Source
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature