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Definitions of fan

  1. an ardent follower
  2. agitate the air
  3. a device for creating a current of air by movement of a surface or surfaces
  4. an enthusiastic devotee of sports
  5. make fiercer; as of emotions; " fan hatred"
  6. strike out ( a batter), ( of a pitcher) in baseball
  7. separate from chaff; of grain; " She stood there winnowing all day in the field"
  8. an ardent follower and admirer
  9. make ( an emotion) fiercer; " fan hatred"
  10. strike out ( a batter), ( of a pitcher)
  11. separate from chaff; " She stood there winnowing grain all day in the field"
  12. An instrument used for producing artificial currents of air, by the wafting or revolving motion of a broad surface
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. An instrument for winnowing grain, by moving which the grain is tossed and agitated, and the chaff is separated and blown away.
  16. Something in the form of a fan when spread, as a peacock's tail, a window, etc.
  17. A small vane or sail, used to keep the large sails of a smock windmill always in the direction of the wind.
  18. 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.
  19. To move as with a fan.
  20. To cool and refresh, by moving the air with a fan; to blow the air on the face of with a fan.
  21. To ventilate; to blow on; to affect by air put in motion.
  22. To winnow; to separate chaff from, and drive it away by a current of air; as, to fan wheat.
  23. To excite or stir up to activity, as a fan axcites a flame; to stimulate; as, this conduct fanned the excitement of the populace.
  24. A quintain; - from its form.
  25. To agitate or move, as the air, with, or as with, a fan; ventilate; winnow, or separate, as chaff from grain.
  26. An article with a thin, flat surface and a handle, intended for cooling the face by stirring the air; an instrument for exciting a current of air; anything like a fan in shape.
  27. Fanned.
  28. Fanning.
  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.
  30. 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.
  31. Instrument to blow and cool the face; contrivance for winnowing grain, & c.
  32. To blow with a fan.
  33. To excite, as fire, by a fan; winnow, as grain.
  34. A light, flat implement or other device for agitating the air.
  35. 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.
  36. To cool with a fan; to ventilate or to blow on; to winnow; to stimulate or quicken.
  37. 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.
  38. To cool and refresh by moving the air; to winnow, as grain; to increase the heat or flame of, as by fanners.
  39. A bird's tail feathers.
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Usage examples for fan

  1. Fan laughed at her father. – They of the High Trails by Hamlin Garland
  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
  3. I heard yesterday that the Fan Fan is now fitted out. – When London Burned by G. A. Henty
  4. And now-" " How do you explain it, Fan?" – An Alabaster Box by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman and Florence Morse Kingsley
  5. But now I've told you about the fan, I'll leave you to chat with Tidman. – The Mandarin's Fan by Fergus Hume
  6. She was pointing with her fan to the feathers upon the table. – The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason
  7. Now, no nonsense, Barclay, or I shall be compelled to whip you severely with my fan. – The Master of the Ceremonies by George Manville Fenn
  8. Look at what you've done to my fan! – The Danger Mark by Robert W. Chambers
  9. It was the kind of passive courage I longed to fan into enthusiasm, but knew I never could. – Notes of a Camp-Follower on the Western Front by E. W. Hornung
  10. It is quite beautiful to see the intense devotion of her children to their mother and her happiness in them, in Fan especially. – Story of My Life, volumes 1-3 by Augustus J. C. Hare
  11. " No," she answered gaily, I am not quite so obedient as our little Fan, or rather, sleep does not so readily obey my call. – The Dead Lake and Other Tales by Paul Heyse
  12. Did you notice, sir, that Mrs. Bashford didn't have the fan to- night? – Lady Larkspur by Meredith Nicholson
  13. And Mrs. Baines, staring at Fan, had a similar though not the same sentiment. – The Old Wives' Tale by Arnold Bennett
  14. What will he do to me, Fan? – The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope
  15. Her fan opened and shut in a thin pointed hand. – San Cristóbal de la Habana by Joseph Hergesheimer
  16. That Lady Windermere owns a fan; that it bears her name; that, as a gift chosen by her husband and recently given her, he must recognize it on sight: all these important facts have been planted by neat emphasis when Act I ends. – Dramatic Technique by George Pierce Baker
  17. What about the fan? – The Mandarin's Fan by Fergus Hume
  18. And so we take our leave of " Lady Windermere's Fan." – Oscar Wilde by Leonard Cresswell Ingleby
  19. She tapped her white teeth with her fan. – Down the Mother Lode by Vivia Hemphill
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