Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Any device for showing the direction of the wind.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun An instrument which shows the direction of the wind; a wind vane; a weathercock; -- usually applied to a contrivance consisting of a vane above, connected in the building with a dial or index with pointers to show the changes of the wind.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun An instrument that shows the direction of the wind; a wind vane; a weathercock; usually applied to a contrivance consisting of a vane above, connected in the building with a dial or index with pointers to show the changes of the wind.

Etymologies

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Ancient Greek

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  • "... a machine invented to tell the changes of the wind. It should consist of an index moving about a circular plate, like the dial of a clock, on which the 32 points of a compass are drawn, instead of hours...."

    Falconer's New Universal Dictionary of the Marine (1816), 18

    October 13, 2008

  • "Now, some 118,500 observations later, Glenn was still at it—five observations a day (the three standard Signal Corps readings, plus two more for local records) taken with his four thermometers, two barometers, one anemometer with a self-registering attachment, one anemoscope, rain gauge, telescope, and field glass."

    —David Laskin, The Children's Blizzard (New York: HarperCollins, 2004), 126

    November 11, 2008

  • You're reading The Children's Blizzard? Good book!

    November 11, 2008