Vane of a leveling staff
Vane Vane (v[=a]n), n. [OE. & E. Prov. E. fane weathercock, banner, AS. fana a banner, flag; akin to D. vaan, G. fahne, OHG. fano cloth, gund fano flag, Icel. f[=a]ni, Sw. fana, Dan. fane, Goth. fana cloth, L. pannus, and perhaps to Gr. ? a web, ? a bobbin, spool. Cf. {Fanon}, {Pane} a compartment, panel.] [1913 Webster] 1. A contrivance attached to some elevated object for the purpose of showing which way the wind blows; a weathercock. It is usually a plate or strip of metal, or slip of wood, often cut into some fanciful form, and placed upon a perpendicular axis around which it moves freely. [1913 Webster]

Aye undiscreet, and changing as a vane. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

2. Any flat, extended surface attached to an axis and moved by the wind; as, the vane of a windmill; hence, a similar fixture of any form moved in or by water, air, or other fluid; as, the vane of a screw propeller, a fan blower, an anemometer, etc. [1913 Webster]

3. (Zo["o]l.) The rhachis and web of a feather taken together. [1913 Webster]

4. One of the sights of a compass, quadrant, etc. [1913 Webster]

{Vane of a leveling staff}. (Surv.) Same as {Target}, 3. [1913 Webster]


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  • Vane — (v[=a]n), n. [OE. & E. Prov. E. fane weathercock, banner, AS. fana a banner, flag; akin to D. vaan, G. fahne, OHG. fano cloth, gund fano flag, Icel. f[=a]ni, Sw. fana, Dan. fane, Goth. fana cloth, L. pannus, and perhaps to Gr. ? a web, ? a bobbin …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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