vain vs vane vs vein : Common Errors in English

About vain vs vane vs vein

When you have vanity you are conceited: you are vain. “You’re so vain you probably think this song is about you.” This spelling can also mean “futile,” as in “All my love’s in vain” (fruitless). Note that when Ecclesiastes says that “all is vanity” it doesn’t mean that everything is conceited, but that everything is pointless.A vane is a blade designed to move or be moved by gases or liquid, like a weathervane.A vein is a slender thread of something, like blood in a body or gold in a mine. It can also be a line of thought, as in “After describing his dog’s habit of chewing on the sofa, Carlos went on in the same vein for several minutes.”

vain Meaning(s)

  • (s) characteristic of false pride; having an exaggerated sense of self-importance
  • (s) unproductive of success

vane Meaning(s)

  • (n) mechanical device attached to an elevated structure; rotates freely to show the direction of the wind
  • (n) a fin attached to the tail of an arrow, bomb or missile in order to stabilize or guide it
  • (n) flat surface that rotates and pushes against air or water
  • (n) the flattened weblike part of a feather consisting of a series of barbs on either side of the shaft

vein Meaning(s)

  • (n) a blood vessel that carries blood from the capillaries toward the heart
  • (n) a distinctive style or manner
  • (n) any of the vascular bundles or ribs that form the branching framework of conducting and supporting tissues in a leaf or other plant organ
  • (n) a layer of ore between layers of rock
  • (n) one of the horny ribs that stiffen and support the wing of an insect
  • (v) make a veinlike pattern

vain in News

  1. 2013 U.S. Open: Sergio Garcia’s really, really sorry but he still doesn’t care for Tiger Woods

    Sergio Garcia can’t apologize enough for the racist crack he made at Tiger Woods’ expense last month. But even after trying in vain to offer a face-to-face mea culpa to his arch foe , the former El Nino just could not cough up any warm fuzzies about the game’s top-ranked golfer. “Don’t get me wrong, I respect Tiger very much. I think he’s a wonderful player,” Garcia, who was reduced to leaving a ...
    on June 12, 2013 Source: SB Nation

  2. U-M study: Facebook, Twitter lures for narcissists

    Is social media for the vain? A University of Michigan study thinks so.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Detroit News

  3. Lifehacker How to Get the Best Features of iOS 7 Right Now | Gawker The Vain Media Cynics of the NSA

    Lifehacker How to Get the Best Features of iOS 7 Right Now | Gawker The Vain Media Cynics of the NSA Story | io9 George R.R. Martin insists Game of Thrones won't catch up to his books | Jezebel A Hilarious Lesson from George Takei: Nature Is All Kinds of Gay Read more...        
    on June 11, 2013 Source: Gizmodo

vane in News

  1. Weathervanes: Whether you need them or not

    Like the cherry atop a sundae, a decorative weathervane can serve as the crowning touch on a home — a final defining flourish and an artistic focal point.
    on June 10, 2013 Source: The Martha's Vineyard Times

  2. Harpeth River dam removal in Franklin wins environmental award

    A cross vane structure made of boulders now stands on the Harpeth River along Lewisburg Pike where a dam once stood to impound water for Franklin's water system.
    on June 10, 2013 Source: Ashland City Times

vein in News

  1. Guest editorial: Cell records grab needs balance

    There is a rich vein of irony in last week's revelation by a London newspaper that the National Security Agency is collecting millions of telephone records from Verizon every day and has a court's approval to do it.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: The Oshkosh Northwestern

  2. Other views: Cell records grab needs balance

    There is a rich vein of irony in last week's revelation by a London newspaper that the National Security Agency is collecting millions of telephone records from Verizon every day and has a court's approval to do it.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter

  3. Advanced Vein Care Solutions Releases Statement Recommending Conservative Vein Treatment as a First Approach

    Advanced Vein Care Solutions recommends pursing conservative treatments as an initial approach to vein treatment. (PRWeb June 08, 2013) Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/6/prweb10810787.htm
    on June 8, 2013 Source: PRWeb

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