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wind sock

[′win ‚säk]
(engineering)
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

wind sock

A long, hollow tubelike device made of fabric mounted on a free-wheeling pivot. It turns in the direction from which the wind is blowing and indicates the approximate wind strength and direction. Also called a wind sleeve or a wind cone
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