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weather vane

noun
1.
a device, as a rod to which a freely rotating pointer is attached, for indicating the direction of the wind.
Also, weathervane.
Also called vane, wind vane.
Origin
1715-1725
1715-25
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Examples from the web for weather vane
  • The weather vane spins on a rod and points in the direction from which the wind comes.
  • The final effect was stately: a white building with a blue and white cupola topped by a weather vane.
  • Therefore, after liftoff he allowed the aircraft to weather vane toward the irrigation pipes.
  • Aside from the weather vane, his only known weather instrument was the thermometer.
British Dictionary definitions for weather vane

weather vane

noun
1.
a vane designed to indicate the direction in which the wind is blowing
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