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vane

vane

pronunciation:
veIn
features:
Homophone Note
part of speech: noun
definition 1: a device mounted so that it rotates freely in the wind, indicating the wind's direction; weather vane.
definition 2: any of a variety of bladelike devices, as on a turbine or windmill, mounted on rotors to use or transmit the energy of wind, rushing water, or the like.
similar words:
sail
definition 3: a planar surface on the outside tail of a rocket, missile, arrow, or the like, that helps to provide directional control and stability in flight.
definition 4: a planar surface with the function of absorbing radiant energy to be stored or transmitted; solar panel; solar vane.
derivation: vaned (adj.)
Homophone Note
The words vane, vain, and vein sound alike but have different meanings.