verb (used with object), fanned, fan·ning.
verb (used without object), fanned, fan·ning.
Origin of fan1
Examples from the Web for fanlike
Historical Examples of fanlike
Why—it was a slender palm-tree, which stretched its fanlike foliage over her!Dope
They spread thence, in fanlike fashion, from Laos to Assam, and the middle section ultimately descended the Menam to the sea.
“Good-night,” said Roy, and two fanlike swings of the misty column told that it was over.Tom Slade
Percy K. Fitzhugh
Applehead, glancing often behind him, scowled over the puzzle of that fanlike formation of riders.The Heritage of the Sioux
From the hill crotch the sun was already pouring down a great, fanlike shaft of light across the snow vista.The Yukon Trail
William MacLeod Raine
- 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
- a kind of basket formerly used for winnowing grain
- a machine equipped with a fan for winnowing or cleaning grain
verb fans, fanning or fanned (mainly tr)
- 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
Word Origin for fan
Word Origin for fan
device to make an air current, Old English fann (West Saxon) "a basket or shovel for winnowing grain" (by tossing it in the air), from Latin vannus, related to ventus "wind" (see wind (n.1)).
The chaff, being lighter, would blow off. Sense of "device for moving air" first recorded late 14c.; the hand-held version is first attested 1550s. A fan-light (1819) was shaped like a lady's fan.
"devotee," 1889, American English, originally of baseball enthusiasts, probably a shortening of fanatic, but may be influenced by the fancy, a collective term for followers of a certain hobby or sport (especially boxing); see fancy. There is an isolated use from 1682, but the modern word is likely a late 19c. formation. Fan club attested by 1930.
late Old English fannian "to winnow grain," from the noun (see fan (n.1)). Meaning "to stir up air" is from early 15c. Related: Fanned; fanning. To fan out "spread out like a hand-held fan," is from 1590s.
In addition to the idiom beginning with fan
- fan the flames
- shit will hit the fan