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or wind sock

[wind-sok] /ˈwɪndˌsɒk/
a tapered, tubular cloth vane, open at both ends and having at the larger end a fixed ring pivoted to swing freely, installed at airports or elsewhere to indicate wind direction and approximate intensity.
Also called air sleeve, air sock, wind cone, wind sleeve.
Origin of windsock
1925-30; wind1 + sock1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • McGee turned to look once more at the wind sock which, for want of a breeze, hung limp along its staff.

    Aces Up Covington Clarke
  • It was, almost exactly, a wind sock, but the hole at the small end was shaped—by wire—into the general form of a kidney bean.

    Junior Achievement William Lee
British Dictionary definitions for wind sock


a truncated cone of textile mounted on a mast so that it is free to rotate about a vertical axis: used, esp at airports, to indicate the local wind direction Also called air sock, drogue, wind sleeve, wind cone
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Word Origin and History for wind sock



1929, from wind (n.1) + sock (n.).

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