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