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English noun: vane

1. vane (artifact) mechanical device attached to an elevated structure; rotates freely to show the direction of the wind


Synonymsweather vane, weathervane, wind vane


Broader (hypernym)mechanical device


Narrower (hyponym)weathercock, wind tee

2. vane (artifact) a fin attached to the tail of an arrow, bomb or missile in order to stabilize or guide it


Broader (hypernym)fin


Part meronymarrow, missile

3. vane (artifact) flat surface that rotates and pushes against air or water


Synonymsblade


Broader (hypernym)rotating mechanism


Narrower (hyponym)fan blade, impeller, paddle, rudder blade


Part meronymaerogenerator, chopper, eggbeater, helicopter, oar, propeller, propellor, turbine, whirlybird, wind generator, windmill

4. vane (animal) the flattened weblike part of a feather consisting of a series of barbs on either side of the shaft


Synonymsweb


Broader (hypernym)blade


Part holonymbarb


Part meronymfeather, plumage, plume









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