Fan meaning

făn
An ardent devotee; an enthusiast.
noun
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To direct a current of air or a breeze upon, especially in order to cool.

Fan one's face.

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To open (something) out into the shape of a fan.

The bird fanned its colorful tail.

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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.

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Any device or machine used to set up a current of air for ventilating or cooling.
  • 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.
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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.

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To stir (something) up by or as if by fanning.

Fanned the flames in the fireplace; a troublemaker who fanned resentment among the staff.

verb
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(baseball) To strike out (a batter).
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To spread out like a fan.

The troops fanned out from the beachhead.

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(baseball) To strike out.
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A device for creating a current of air or a breeze, especially:
  • A machine using an electric motor to rotate thin, rigid vanes in order to move air, as for cooling.
  • A collapsible, usually wedge-shaped device made of a light material such as silk, paper, or plastic.
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A machine for winnowing.
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Something resembling an open fan in shape.

A peacock's fan.

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To move or cause a current of (air) with or as if with a fan.
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To winnow.
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(historical) A device for winnowing grain.
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Anything in the shape of a fan, as the tail of a bird.
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In a windmill, a small vane that keeps the large vanes, or sails, at right angles to the wind.
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To move or agitate (air) with or as with a fan.
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To direct, with or as with a fan, a current of air toward or on.
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To stir up; excite.
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To blow or drive away with a fan.
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To spread out into the shape of a fan.
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To separate (grain) from chaff.
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(slang) To spank.
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(informal) To fire (a pistol) several times quickly in succession by slapping the hammer back as with the alternate hand between shots.
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(slang, baseball) To strike (a batter) out.
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(slang, baseball) To strike out.
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A person enthusiastic about a specified sport, pastime, or performer; devotee.

A baseball fan, movie fan.

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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.
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pronoun
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fan out
  • to scatter or spread out like an open fan
idiom
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fan the air
  • to strike at but fail to hit something
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

fan the air

Origin of fan

  • Middle English winnowing fan from Old English fann from Latin vannus wet-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Short for fanatic

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Shortening of Fanny, itself a short form of Frances.

    From Wiktionary