|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|
|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 (vān), John Robert. Born 1927.
British pharmacologist. He shared a 1982 Nobel Prize for research on prostaglandins.
|vane (vān) Pronunciation Key
The flattened, weblike part of a feather, consisting of a series of barbs on either side of the rachis.