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Definitions of FAN
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By Noah Webster.
By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer
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.
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.
By Daniel Lyons
By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman
By James Champlin Fernald
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.
By Nuttall, P.Austin.
By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H.
By Henderson, I. F.; Henderson, W. D.
n. [Anglo-Saxon] Any instrument used for producing artificial currents of air, by the wafting or revolving motion of a broad surface; as a ladyâ€™s fan, made of paper, feathers, &c., and agitated by the hand to cool the face;â€”a farmerâ€™s implement to winnow grain and blow away the chaff;â€”an instrument used in iron works to raise the fire or flame;â€”a movable part of a window to circulate air and ventilation;â€”any thing spread out like a fan, as a peacockâ€™s tail, a species of gas burner, &c.;â€”a small vane used to keep the large sails of a windmill in the direction of the wind.
By Thomas Sheridan
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