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Henry vane

[veyn] /veɪn/

Sir Henry (Sir Harry Vane) 1613–62, British statesman and author.
Also called weather vane, wind vane. a flat plate or blade of metal mounted on a vertical axis in an exposed position to indicate wind direction
any one of the flat blades or sails forming part of the wheel of a windmill
any flat or shaped plate used to direct fluid flow, esp a stator blade in a turbine, etc
a fin or plate fitted to a projectile or missile to provide stabilization or guidance
(ornithol) the flat part of a feather, consisting of two rows of barbs on either side of the shaft

Sir Henry, known as Sir Harry Vane. 1613–62, English Puritan statesman and colonial administrator; governor of Massachusetts (1636–37). He was executed for high treason after the Restoration

“wind indicator,” early 15c., southern England alteration (see V) of fane.

Vane (vān), John Robert. Born 1927.

British pharmacologist. He shared a 1982 Nobel Prize for research on prostaglandins.
The flattened, weblike part of a feather, consisting of a series of barbs on either side of the rachis.


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