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Vane

[veyn] /veɪn/
noun
1.
Sir Henry (Sir Harry Vane) 1613–62, British statesman and author.
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vane

/veɪn/
noun
1.
Also called weather vane, 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)
  1. a sight on a quadrant or compass
  2. the movable marker on a levelling staff
Derived Forms
vaned, adjective
vaneless, adjective
Word Origin
Old English fana; related to Old Saxon, Old High German fano, Old Norse fani, Latin pannus cloth

Vane

/veɪn/
noun
1.
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
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Word Origin and History for henry, sir vane

vane

n.

"wind indicator," early 15c., southern England alteration (see V) of fane.

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henry, sir vane in Medicine

Vane (vān), John Robert. Born 1927.

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

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henry, sir vane in Science
vane
  (vān)   
The flattened, weblike part of a feather, consisting of a series of barbs on either side of the rachis.
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