any device for producing a current of air by the movement of a broad surface or a number of such surfaces.
an implement of feathers, leaves, paper, cloth, etc., often in the shape of a long triangle or of a semicircle, for waving lightly in the hand to create a cooling current of air about a person: We sat on the veranda, cooling ourselves with palm-leaf fans.
anything resembling such an implement, as the tail of a bird.
any of various devices consisting essentially of a series of radiating vanes or blades attached to and revolving with a central hublike portion to produce a current of air: ceiling fan; wall fan.
a series of revolving blades supplying air for winnowing or cleaning grain.
Horology. fly2 (def. 28).
a semicircular decoration of bunting.
Physical Geography. an alluvial fan.
to move or agitate (the air) with or as if with a fan.
to cause air to blow upon, as from a fan; cool or refresh with or as if with a fan: He fanned his face with a newspaper.
to stir to activity with or as if with a fan: to fan a flame; to fan emotions.
(of a breeze, current of air, etc.) to blow upon, as if driven by a fan: A cool breeze fanned the shore.
to spread out like a fan: The dealer fanned the cards.
Informal. to move (oneself) quickly: You'll fan your tail out of here if you know what's good for you.
Agriculture. to winnow, especially by an artificial current of air.
Baseball. (of a pitcher) to strike out (a batter).
Chiefly South Midland and Southern U.S. to punish by spanking; spank: Your mother will fan you good if you break that dish.
to strike, swing, or brush lightly at something.
Western U.S. (chiefly cowboy use). to slap the flanks of (a horse or other animal) repeatedly with a hat to get it to move or move faster.
to spread out like a fan (often followed by out): The forest fire fanned out in all directions.
Baseball. (of a batter) to strike out, usually by swinging at and missing the pitch charged as the third strike.
Idioms about fan
- fanlike, adjective
- fanner, noun
- un·fanned, adjective
Other definitions for fan (2 of 3)
an enthusiastic devotee, follower, or admirer of a sport, pastime, celebrity, etc.: a baseball fan; a great fan of Charlie Chaplin.
Other definitions for Fan (3 of 3)
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How to use fan in a sentence
In his statement, Stepien called the Big Ten’s decision “huge news, not just for college football fans, but for all Americans looking for key indicators that we can reopen our society and our economy, and do so safely.”Trump contradicts CDC director on vaccine; Biden says Americans shouldn’t trust Trump | Colby Itkowitz, Felicia Sonmez, John Wagner | September 16, 2020 | Washington Post
With fans unable to experience in-venue activations, many sponsors have also ramped up their activations on social media.‘We are permanently in beta’: European sports broadcasting is still in a coronavirus-forced state of reinvention | Lara O'Reilly | September 15, 2020 | Digiday
Even though they make money off the service through sponsorships and donations from fans, they make sure not to get too attached.What’s Oracle? TikTok users react to proposed Oracle deal | Danielle Abril | September 15, 2020 | Fortune
Most chips today are cooled by using thermal materials to transfer heat from components to a large metal heat sink that dissipates the energy to the air, possible with the help of a fan.This Microchip Has Its Own Built-In Cooling System | Edd Gent | September 14, 2020 | Singularity Hub
Suffice it to say Strzok is not a fan of the 45th President of the United States.
We haven't had any real fan reaction yet, but our collective fingers are crossed.‘Archer’ Creator Adam Reed Spills Season 6 Secrets, From Surreal Plotlines to Life Post-ISIS | Marlow Stern | January 8, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
Why do you think you were “an asperg-y movie fan…a jabbering repellent acolyte?”Patton Oswalt on Fighting Conservatives With Satire | William O’Connor | January 6, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
Replying to a fan, she wrote, “Anthony Goldstein, Ravenclaw, Jewish wizard.”
Comments like that are designed to stoke the fires of fan-passion—and it works beautifully.All Your Internet Boyfriends Are Taken: Gosling, Cumberbatch, and now Joseph Gordon-Levitt | Melissa Leon | January 3, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
It is the most animated this Downton Abbey fan has ever seen Lady Grantham.The Real-Life ‘Downton’ Millionairesses Who Changed Britain | Tim Teeman | December 31, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
She took the fan from Madame Ratignolle and began to fan both herself and her companion.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories | Kate Chopin
She bathed Madame Ratignolle's face with cologne, while Robert plied the fan with unnecessary vigor.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories | Kate Chopin
Rarely, sodium urate occurs in crystalline form—slender prisms, arranged in fan- or sheaf-like structures (Fig. 32).A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis | James Campbell Todd
She opened a large black fan and moved it slowly while looking intently at her son's bent profile.Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
In one, which occurs not infrequently, a thickened arm is made to expand into something like a fan-shaped hand, as in Fig. 18.Children's Ways | James Sully
British Dictionary definitions for fan (1 of 2)
any device for creating a current of air by movement of a surface or number of surfaces, esp a rotating device consisting of a number of blades attached to a central hub
a machine that rotates such a device
any of various hand-agitated devices for cooling onself, esp a collapsible semicircular series of flat segments of paper, ivory, etc
something shaped like such a fan, such as the tail of certain birds
a kind of basket formerly used for winnowing grain
a machine equipped with a fan for winnowing or cleaning grain
to cause a current of air, esp cool air, to blow upon, as by means of a fan: to fan one's face
to agitate or move (air, smoke, etc) with or as if with a fan
to make fiercer, more ardent, etc: fan one's passion
(also intr often foll by out) to spread out or cause to spread out in the shape of a fan
to fire (an automatic gun) continuously by keeping the trigger depressed
to fire (a nonautomatic gun) several times by repeatedly chopping back the hammer with the palm
to winnow (grain) by blowing the chaff away from it
- fanlike, adjective
- fanner, noun
British Dictionary definitions for fan (2 of 2)
an ardent admirer of a pop star, film actor, football team, etc
a devotee of a sport, hobby, etc
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Other Idioms and Phrases with fan
In addition to the idiom beginning with fan
- fan the flames
- shit will hit the fan
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