Henry, sir vane


Sir Henry (Sir Harry Vane) 1613–62, British statesman and author.
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vane (veɪn)
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]

Vane (veɪn)
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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"wind indicator," early 15c., southern England alteration (see V) of fane.
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Vane (vān), John Robert. Born 1927.

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

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vane   (vān)  Pronunciation Key 
The flattened, weblike part of a feather, consisting of a series of barbs on either side of the rachis.
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