Definition of weathercock in English:

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weathercock

Pronunciation: /ˈwɛðəkɒk/

noun

A weathervane in the form of a cockerel.
Example sentences
  • ALL the city's weathervanes and banners and weathercocks held still.
  • The house contains a variety of window shapes, criss-crossing gables, beautiful Art Nouveau stained-glass windows, a corner turret with a weathercock (another one exists on top of the stables).
  • She knew that she was getting nearer; the trees along the sides of the street began to look familiar, and she could almost recognize the old weathercock swinging on the roof.

verb

[no object]
(Of a boat or aircraft) tend to turn to head into the wind: he sometimes has a problem with the boat weathercocking before she can gather way on a new tack
More example sentences
  • As usual, it weathercocked a little into the wind and I got some great footage of it coming down.
  • The aircraft then weathercocked into wind and departed the runway.
  • The original boat proved seaworthy, fast and able to carry large amounts of kit, but weathercocked more than was comfortable.

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