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Definition of the noun wind vane

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  1. mechanical device attached to an elevated structure; rotates freely to show the direction of the wind
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonyms of wind vane: vane / weather vane / weathervane
    • more generic term: mechanical device = mechanism consisting of a device that works on mechanical principles
    • more specific terms:
      • weathercock = weathervane with a vane in the form of a rooster
      • wind tee = weather vane shaped like a T and located at an airfield

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Google previewBiographical Dictionary of the History of Technology (2002)

by Lance Day, Ian McNeil

The wind vane adjusts the wind angleto enable the wind engine to runat a constant speed. The factthat this wind engine was invented by the owner ofa brass foundry, with all the gear trains between the wind vane and the head of the tower ...

Google previewThe Illustrated Encyclopedia of Country Living (2011)

by Abigail R. Gehring

low-speed shaft pitch gear box yaw drive yaw motor Blades towers generator High-speedshaft nacelle Wind Vane Controller Anemometer Parts of a wind turbine: • Anemometer: measures the wind speed and transmits wind speed data to the ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Environment and Conservation (2017)

by Michael Allaby, Chris Park

Compare wind vane. wind sonde A *weather balloon that carries only a radar reflector and is tracked to determine wind speed and direction. There are about 500 upper air weather stations in the world as a whole. Each station releases two ...

Google previewDictionary of Soils and Fertilisers (1989)

by L. L. Somani

Wind Vane. An instrument that indicates the direction of the wind. It consists essentially of a broad arrow head mounted on ball bearings, to enable the arrow to move freely in the horizontal plane and to indicate the direction of the wind.

Google previewThe Visual Dictionary of Science & Energy - Science & Energy (2009)

by Ariane Archambault

nacelle cross-section wind vane Instrument that indicates wind direction using a vane that rotates around a vertical axis. lightning rod Metal rod that is attached to the nacelle; it protects the wind turbine from lightning, which it directs toward the ...

Google previewConcise Dictionary of Environmental Terms (1998)

by Kevin Morris, Joseph Reynolds, Louis Theodore

wind vane - an instrument employed to determine wind direction. [8] windbox - a chamber below a furnace grate or surrounding a burner through which air is supplied under pressure to burn waste or fuel. [1] winterization - a process of ...

Google previewIllustrated Science Dictionary (2006)

Years 5-8 by Elise Masters

wind vane \ measures the direction of the wind. It indicates where the wind is coming from (e.g. a westerly wind is coming from the west). Westerly wind (comes from the west) windmill ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Electronic Components Volume 3 (2016)

Sensors for Location, Presence, Proximity, Orientation, Oscillation, Force, Load, Human Input, Liquid and Gas Properties, Light, Heat, Sound, and Electricity by Charles Platt

Not all anemometers rely on this principle, however, and a separate wind vane.

Google previewIllustrated Dictionary and Resource Directory of Environmental and Occupational Health, Second Edition (2016)

by Herman Koren

Wind Vane wind velocity — The speed of air movement in miles per hour or meters per second; the amount of power available is based on velocity. windbreak — Rows of trees or shrubs planted to block wind flow, reduce soil erosion, and ...


WIND VANE. A contrivance, sometimes known as an anemoscope for showing the direction of the wind. The simplest and most common form ...

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Small photo of Red brick fortress wall of the Novgorod Kremlin and Kokuy watchtower with wind vane on steeple. Kremlin of Veliky Novgorod, Russia.Small photo of Bremen, Germany - June 12, 2011: This mill still standing today dates back to 1898 and is an example of 'Goleriehollander' with shuttered sails and wind vane steerage on a fixed multi-cornered rump.Small photo of Bremen, Germany - June 12, 2011: This mill still standing today dates back to 1898 and is an example of 'Goleriehollander' with shuttered sails and wind vane steerage on a fixed multi-cornered rump.Small photo of Spire, cross and wind vane at the top of Toledo's Santa María cathedral tower.Small photo of old metal wind vane also called weathervane and blue sky on backgroundSmall photo of Golden Wind VaneSmall photo of Wind vane with an eagle More...

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