An electric fan.
- The definition of a fan is a person who is very enthusiastic about someone or something, or a device that moves and cools the air.
- An example of a fan is a person who only wears gold and red in support of the San Francisco 49ers.
- An example of a fan is an electrical device with moving blades that cools air.
- Fan is defined as to move air around, stir up, or spread out with the widest parts at the top and a thin base at the bottom.
- An example of fan is waving a piece of paper in front of your face on a hot day; fan your face.
- An example of fan is waving a piece of paper in front of a small fire in your fireplace; fan the flames.
- An example of fan is spreading out a deck of cards and holding them out to someone so they can pick one; fan out the deck.
- Historical a device for winnowing grain
- any device or machine used to set up a current of air for ventilating or cooling; specif.,
- any flat surface moved by hand
- a folding device made of paper, cloth, etc. which when opened has the shape of a sector of a circle
- a device consisting of one or more revolving blades or vanes attached to a rotary hub and operated by a motor
- anything in the shape of a fan (noun), as the tail of a bird
- in a windmill, a small vane that keeps the large vanes, or sails, at right angles to the wind
Origin of fanMiddle English fanne from Old English fann from Classical Latin vannus, basket for winnowing grain from Indo-European base an unverified form w?-, to blow, flutter from source wind, winnow
transitive verbfanned, fan′ning
- to move or agitate (air) with or as with a fan
- to direct, with or as with a fan, a current of air toward or on
- to stir up; excite
- to blow or drive away with a fan
- to spread out into the shape of a fan (noun)
- to separate (grain) from chaff
- Slang to spank
- Informal to fire (a pistol) several times quickly in succession by slapping the hammer back as with the alternate hand between shots
- Slang, Baseball to strike (a batter) out
Origin of fanME fannen < OE fannian
fan the air
Origin of fancontr. from fanatic
- A device for creating a current of air or a breeze, especially:a. A machine using an electric motor to rotate thin, rigid vanes in order to move air, as for cooling.b. A collapsible, usually wedge-shaped device made of a light material such as silk, paper, or plastic.
- An implement or machine for winnowing.
- Something resembling an open fan in shape: a peacock's fan.
verbfanned, fan·ning, fans
- To move or cause a current of (air) with or as if with a fan.
- To direct a current of air or a breeze upon, especially in order to cool: fan one's face.
- To stir (something) up by or as if by fanning: fanned the flames in the fireplace; a troublemaker who fanned resentment among the staff.
- To open (something) out into the shape of a fan: The bird fanned its colorful tail.
- a. To fire (an automatic gun) in a continuous sweep by keeping one's finger on the trigger.b. To fire (a nonautomatic gun) rapidly by chopping the hammer with the palm.
- To winnow.
- Baseball To strike out (a batter).
- To spread out like a fan: The troops fanned out from the beachhead.
- Baseball To strike out.
Origin of fanMiddle English winnowing fan from Old English fann from Latin vannus ; see wet-1 in Indo-European roots.
Origin of fanShort for fanatic
fan - Computer Definition
A device that uses motor-driven blades to circulate the air in a computer or other electronic system. Today's CPUs run extremely hot, and large computer cabinets use two and three fans to reduce temperature. See FanCard.