(Van*dyke"), n. A picture by Vandyke. Also, a Vandyke collar, or a Vandyke edge. [Written
(Van*dyke"), v. t. fit or furnish with a Vandyke; to form with points or scallops like a Vandyke.
[R.] [Written also Vandyck.]
(Vane) n. [OE. & E. Prov. E. fane weathercock, banner, AS. fana a banner, flag; akin to D. vaan,
G. fahne, OHG. fano cloth, gund fano flag, Icel. fani, Sw. fana, Dan. fane, Goth. fana cloth, L.
pannus, and perhaps to Gr. a web, a bobbin, spool. Cf. Fanon, Pane a compartment, panel.]
1. A contrivance attached to some elevated object for the purpose of showing which way the wind blows; a
weathercock. It is usually a plate or strip of metal, or slip of wood, often cut into some fanciful form, and
placed upon a perpendicular axis around which it moves freely.
Aye undiscreet, and changing as a vane.Chaucer.
2. Any flat, extended surface attached to an axis and moved by the wind; as, the vane of a windmill; hence,
a similar fixture of any form moved in or by water, air, or other fluid; as, the vane of a screw propeller, a
fan blower, an anemometer, etc.
3. (Zoöl.) The rhachis and web of a feather taken together.
4. One of the sights of a compass, quadrant, etc.
Vane of a leveling staff. (Surv.) Same as Target, 3.
(||Van*es"sa) n. [Probably from Swift's poem of Cadenus and Vanessa. See Vanessa, in
the Dictionary of Noted Names in Fiction.] (Zoöl.) Any one of numerous species of handsomely colored
butterflies belonging to Vanessa and allied genera. Many of these species have the edges of the wings
(Van*es"si*an) n. (Zoöl.) A vanessa.
(Van"fess`) n. [F. avant- fossé; avant before + fossé ditch. Cf. Fosse.] (Fort.) A ditch on the
outside of the counterscarp, usually full of water.
(Vang) n. [D. vangen to catch, seize. See Fang.] (Naut.) A rope to steady the peak of a gaff.
(Van"glo) n. (Bot.) Benne (Sesamum orientale); also, its seeds; so called in the West Indies.