Tikibu: pronunciation dictionary with use examples

Word: vane
IPA transcription: [v'eɪn]
noun meaning of the word
  • Synonyms: vane, web
    Meaning: the flattened weblike part of a feather consisting of a series of barbs on either side of the shaft
  • Synonyms: blade, vane
    Meaning: flat surface that rotates and pushes against air or water
  • Synonyms: vane
    Meaning: a fin attached to the tail of an arrow, bomb or missile in order to stabilize or guide it
  • Synonyms: weathervane, weather_vane, vane, wind_vane
    Meaning: mechanical device attached to an elevated structure; rotates freely to show the direction of the wind
Usage examples
  • It was steeple-crowned, without any vane.
  • "Mr. Vane," croaked the raven, "think what you are doing!
  • "You are tired, are you not, Mr. Vane?" said the raven, alighting on a stone.
  • "Mr. Vane," he said, "do you not know why you have not yet done anything worth doing?"
  • In this negotiation, the man chiefly trusted was Vane, who, in eloquence, address, capacity, as well as in art and dissimulation, was not surpassed by any one even during that age, so famous for active talents.
  • The steam turbine does not appear to have by any means reached finality in its form, such questions as the angle of impact which the jet should make with the surface of the vane, and the size of the orifice through which the steam should be ejected, being still debatable points.
  • Sir Henry Vane, Oliver Cromwell, Nathaniel Fiennes, and Oliver St. John, the solicitor-general, were regarded as the leaders of the Independents. The earl of Essex, disgusted with a war of which he began to foresee the pernicious consequences, adhered to the Presbyterians, and promoted every reasonable plan of accommodation.
  • The subscribers of the covenant vowed also to preserve the reformed religion established in the church of Scotland; but, by the artifice of Vane, no declaration more explicit was made with regard to England and Ireland, than that these kingdoms should be reformed according to the word of God and the example of the purest churches.