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Definitions of fan

  1. To agitate or move, as the air, with, or as with, a fan; ventilate; winnow, or separate, as chaff from grain. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  2. To move or agitate as with a fan; to cool and refresh, by moving the air with a fan; to blow the air on the face with a fan; "She was fanned into slumbers by her slaves."-Spectator; to ventilate; to blow on; to affect by air put in motion; to window; to ventilate; to separate chaff from, and drive it away by a current of air; as, to fan wheat: (fig.) to produce effects on, analogous to those of a fan in exciting flame; to excite; to increase the activity or action of; to stimulate-said of the passions and emotions, of designs, plots, etc.; as, this fanned the flame of his love; he fanned the smouldering embers of the revolution till they burst into flame. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  3. To blow with a fan. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  4. To excite, as fire, by a fan; winnow, as grain. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  5. make fiercer; as of emotions; "fan hatred" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. strike out (a batter), (of a pitcher) in baseball Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. To cool with a fan; to ventilate or to blow on; to winnow; to stimulate or quicken. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  8. To cool and refresh by moving the air; to winnow, as grain; to increase the heat or flame of, as by fanners. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  9. Fanning. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  10. a device for creating a current of air by movement of a surface or surfaces Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  11. an enthusiastic devotee of sports Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  12. an ardent follower and admirer Wordnet Dictionary DB
  13. make (an emotion) fiercer; "fan hatred" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  14. strike out (a batter), (of a pitcher) Wordnet Dictionary DB
  15. separate from chaff; "She stood there winnowing grain all day in the field" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  16. An instrument used for producing artificial currents of air, by the wafting or revolving motion of a broad surface Webster Dictionary DB
  17. An instrument for cooling the person, made of feathers, paper, silk, etc., and often mounted on sticks all turning about the same pivot, so as when opened to radiate from the center and assume the figure of a section of a circle. Webster Dictionary DB
  18. Any revolving vane or vanes used for producing currents of air, in winnowing grain, blowing a fire, ventilation, etc., or for checking rapid motion by the resistance of the air; a fan blower; a fan wheel. Webster Dictionary DB
  19. An instrument for winnowing grain, by moving which the grain is tossed and agitated, and the chaff is separated and blown away. Webster Dictionary DB
  20. Something in the form of a fan when spread, as a peacock's tail, a window, etc. Webster Dictionary DB
  21. A small vane or sail, used to keep the large sails of a smock windmill always in the direction of the wind. Webster Dictionary DB
  22. That which produces effects analogous to those of a fan, as in exciting a flame, etc.; that which inflames, heightens, or strengthens; as, it served as a fan to the flame of his passion. Webster Dictionary DB
  23. To move as with a fan. Webster Dictionary DB
  24. To cool and refresh, by moving the air with a fan; to blow the air on the face of with a fan. Webster Dictionary DB
  25. To ventilate; to blow on; to affect by air put in motion. Webster Dictionary DB
  26. To winnow; to separate chaff from, and drive it away by a current of air; as, to fan wheat. Webster Dictionary DB
  27. To excite or stir up to activity, as a fan axcites a flame; to stimulate; as, this conduct fanned the excitement of the populace. Webster Dictionary DB
  28. A quintain; - from its form. Webster Dictionary DB
  29. The name of various instruments for exciting a current of air by the agitation of a broad surface; as, (a) an instrument made of palm-leaf, carved wood or ivory, feathers, or of thin skin, paper, or taffeta, mounted on sticks, etc., used by ladies to agitate the air and cool the face; (b) in mach. any contrivance of vanes or flat discs, revolving by the aid of machinery, as for winnowing grain, for cooling fluids, urging combustion, assisting ventilation, etc.; (c) a small vane or sail used to keep the large sails of a smock wind-mill always in the direction of the wind; (d) an apparatus for regulating or checking, by the resistance of the air to its rapid motion, the velocity of light machinery, as in a musical box; a fly; (e) an apparatus, called also the fan-governor, for regulating the throttle-vales of steam-engines; something resembling a lady's fan when spread, as the wing of a bird, the tail of a peacock, etc.; "As a peacock and crane were in company the peacock spread his tail and challenged the other to show him such a fan of feathers."-Sir R. L'Estrange; (fig.) any agency which excites to action or stimulates the activity of a passion or emotion, producing effects analogous to those of a fan in exciting flame; as, this was a fan to rebellion; a fan to a man's ardor. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  30. Instrument to blow and cool the face; contrivance for winnowing grain, &c. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  31. A light, flat implement or other device for agitating the air. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  32. An instrument used by ladies to agitate the air and cool the face in warm weather; something in the form of a lady's fan when spread; a contrivance for winnowing grain; a small vane or sail, used to keep the large sails of a windmill always in the direction of the wind; something which acts as a fan so as to quicken a flame; anything which stirs up or intensifies zeal or passion. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  33. An instr. used by ladies in warm weather to cool the face by agitating the air; anything in the shape of a fan; an instr. for producing artificial currents of air by the revolving of two or more broad blades. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  34. A bird's tail feathers. A dictionary of scientific terms. By Henderson, I. F.; Henderson, W. D. Published 1920.
  35. Fanned. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.

Usage examples for fan

  1. What about the fan – The Mandarin's Fan by Fergus Hume
  2. The nephew drove it away with a fan but it returned immediately to the pillow, and was again driven away, only to come back a third time. – Kwaidan: Stories and Studies of Strange Things by Lafcadio Hearn
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