weather vane
noun Date: circa 1721 vane 1a

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  • weather vane — also weathervane, 1721, from WEATHER (Cf. weather) + VANE (Cf. vane) …   Etymology dictionary

  • weather vane — n. a vane that swings in the wind to show the direction from which the wind is blowing …   English World dictionary

  • weather vane — weather vanes N COUNT A weather vane is a metal object on the roof of a building which turns round as the wind blows. It is used to show the direction of the wind …   English dictionary

  • weather vane — n a metal object fixed to the top of a building that blows around to show the direction the wind is coming from …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • weather vane — weather ,vane noun count an object, often an ARROW or a model of a ROOSTER, that is attached to the top of a building and points in the direction the wind is coming from …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Weather vane — A weather vane, also called a wind vane, is a movable device attached to an elevated object such as a roof for showing the direction of the wind. Very often these are in the shape of cockerels and are called weather cocks. Arrows are also popular …   Wikipedia

  • weather vane — noun mechanical device attached to an elevated structure; rotates freely to show the direction of the wind • Syn: ↑weathervane, ↑vane, ↑wind vane • Hypernyms: ↑mechanical device • Hyponyms: ↑weathercock, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • weather vane — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms weather vane : singular weather vane plural weather vanes an object, often an arrow or a model of a cock, that is fixed to the top of a building and points in the direction that the wind is coming from …   English dictionary

  • weather vane — Synonyms and related words: April showers, Proteus, aerological instrument, anemograph, anemometer, anemometrograph, anemoscope, aneroid barometer, aneroidograph, barograph, barometer, barometrograph, chameleon, cloud shapes, cock, feeler, glass …   Moby Thesaurus

  • weather vane — noun A mechanical device rotating around one axis and attached to an elevated object such as a roof for showing the direction of the wind. Syn: weathercock …   Wiktionary

  • weather vane — 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. [1715 25] * * * …   Universalium

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