Monday, May 18, 2009

vain, vane, vein

vain, vane, vein /vɛɪn/
vain
adj 1: characteristic of false pride; having an exaggerated sense of self-importance; "a conceited fool"; "an attitude of self-conceited arrogance"; "an egotistical disregard of others"; "so swollen by victory that he was unfit for normal duty"; "growing ever more swollen-headed and arbitrary"; "vain about her clothes" [syn: conceited, egotistic, egotistical, self-conceited, swollen, swollen-headed] 2: unproductive of success; "a fruitless search"; "futile years after her artistic peak"; "a sleeveless errand"; "a vain attempt" [syn: bootless, fruitless, futile, sleeveless]
vane
n 1: flat surface that rotates and pushes against air or water [syn: blade] 2: mechanical device attached to an elevated structure; rotates freely to show the direction of the wind [syn: weathervane, weather vane, wind vane] 3: the flattened web-like part of a feather consisting of a series of barbs on either side of the shaft [syn: web]
vein
n 1: a blood vessel that carries blood from the capillaries toward the heart; all veins except the pulmonary carry unaerated blood [syn: vena] 2: a distinctive style or manner; "he continued in this vein for several minutes" 3: one of the vascular bundles or ribs that form the branching framework of conducting and supporting tissues in a leaf or other plant organ [syn: nervure] 4: a layer of ore between layers of rock [syn: mineral vein] 5: one of the horny ribs that stiffen and support the wing of an insect [syn: nervure]
v : make a vein-like pattern

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