weather vane

See also: weathervane


Don Quixote-inspired weather vane, Spain

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weather vane (plural weather vanes)

  1. A mechanical device rotating around one axis and attached to an elevated object such as a roof for showing the direction of the wind.
    Synonyms: vane, weathercock
    • 1913, Willa Cather, “Neighboring Fields, I”, in O Pioneers!:
      From the graveyard gate one can count a dozen gayly painted farmhouses; the gilded weather-vanes on the big red barns wink at each other across the green and brown and yellow fields.

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