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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


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


Broader (hypernym)blade

Part holonymbarb

Part meronymfeather, plumage, plume

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