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vane

vane

 
pronunciation:
veIn
features:
Homophone Note
part of speech: noun
definition 1: a device set up to turn in the wind. Vanes show the direction of the wind.
There is a weather vane on top of the barn.
definition 2: one of the wide flat parts on a machine, such as the windmill or the waterwheel, which catch and direct the energy of wind or water as they turn.
similar words:
sail
derivation: vaned (adj.)
Homophone Note
The words vane, vain, and vein sound alike but have different meanings.