from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A tapered, open-ended sleeve pivotally attached to a standard, that indicates the direction of the wind blowing through it. Also called air sock, wind cone, wind sleeve.
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- n. a large, conical, open-ended tube designed to indicate wind direction and relative wind speed; used especially at smaller airfields
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- n. a truncated cloth cone mounted on a mast; used (e.g., at airports) to show the direction of the wind
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In the interview Spinrad described it as a giant "windsock," and notes that Gene Roddenberry (Trek's producer/creator) apologized that this was the best they could do with no budget left.
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They were misreading it also out of an identical dismissive miscalculation: They noticed only a flapping windsock and not the incalculable gale behind it.
One only has to orient himself into the opposite direction of the wind as indicated by a windsock (on land) or a boatâ€ ™ s flag (over water).
Just think â€œstab yourself with the windsock or flagâ€ and youâ€ ™ re going into the wind.
• A review-cum-sketch of the Folkestone Triennial – A Million Miles From Home, 27 June, page 11 – mentioned a film documenting Channel life, including a shot of "the archbishop of Canterbury, helping out at an archaeological dig along the coast, his hair a white, fluffy windsock in the distance".
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Doing the right thing is easier when you don't need to check the political windsock to keep the campaign tacking towards re-election.
Using a windsock on a nearby building to help compute her glide angle, Casey placed herself about three hundred feet upwind from the building and corkscrewed down.
The windsock by the runway stood out straight like a signpost.