Meaning and Origin
What does the name Vane mean? Keep reading to find the user submitted meanings, dictionary definitions, and more.
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User Submitted Meanings
- A user from Philippines says the name Vane means "Banner".
- According to a user from Australia, the name Vane means "happy".
- 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."Aye undiscreet, and changing as a vane." [Chaucer.]
- 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.
- [Zoöl] The rhachis and web of a feather taken together.
- One of the sights of a compass, quadrant, etc.
Etymology: OE. & Prov. E. fane weathercock, banner, AS. fana a banner, flag; akin to D. vaan, G. fahne, OHG. fano cloth, gund fano flag, Icel. fāni, Sw. fana, Dan. fane, Goth. fana cloth, L. pannus, and perhaps to Gr. ph^nos a web, phni`on a bobbin, spool. Cf. Fanon Pane a compartment, panel
- The flattened weblike part of a feather consisting of a series of barbs on either side of the shaft
- Flat surface that rotates and pushes against air or water
- A fin attached to the tail of an arrow, bomb or missile in order to stabilize or guide it
- Mechanical device attached to an elevated structure; rotates freely to show the direction of the wind
From Middle English vane, Southern variant of fane, from Old English fana (“cloth, banner, flag”), from Proto-Germanic *fanô. Cognate with Saterland Frisian Foone (“flag, banner”). Compare fane.
- (countable) A weather vane.
- Any of several usually relatively thin, rigid, flat, or sometimes curved surfaces radially mounted along an axis, as a blade in a turbine or a sail on a windmill, that is turned by or used to turn a fluid.
- (ornithology) The flattened, web-like part of a feather, consisting of a series of barbs on either side of the shaft.
- A sight on a sextant or compass.
- One of the metal guidance or stabilizing fins attached to the tail of a bomb or other missile.
vane was also found in the following language(s): Danish, Esperanto, Italian, Latin, Norwegian BokmÃ¥l, and Norwegian Nynorsk