verb (used with object), fanned, fan·ning.
verb (used without object), fanned, fan·ning.
Origin of fan1
Related formsfan·like, adjectivefan·ner, nounun·fanned, adjective
Examples from the Web for fanning
Nobody wins, but the professional partisans get to pocket cash by fanning the flames.
The actors stayed in the same motel, and Eisenberg and Fanning drove to work each day.
Fanning, ever the old soul, returned the gestures by knitting the veteran actors scarves.
Tanaka then settled into a groove, pitching shut-out ball for the next five innings, fanning eight as the Yankees won 7-3.Masahiro Tanaka Is the Yankees' $155M Lethal Weapon and Strikeout Machine|Allen Barra|May 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Tea Party–based political operatives are fanning out across the country in anticipation of 2014.
Pharaoh was ill-humoured and impatient, neither fan nor fanning was right, and when the boy left off that was not right either.I.N.R.I.|Peter Rosegger
Meanwhile Miles has taken up the fan and is fanning Joan, who leans back in her chair with closed eyes and exhausted look.Six Plays|Florence Henrietta Darwin
Jack came puffing and fanning himself with his handkerchief.Polly's Southern Cruise|Lillian Elizabeth Roy
The torch swept around, fanning to a blaze in the eddying air, then darted toward the keg.The Pirate Woman|Aylward Edward Dingle
"She couldn't marry as long as she had Gerald to look after," said Miss Vanderwerf, fanning herself in the moonlight.Vanitas|Vernon Lee
British Dictionary definitions for fanning (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
- 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
Derived Formsfanlike, adjectivefanner, noun
Word Origin for fan
British Dictionary definitions for fanning (2 of 2)
Word Origin for fan
Idioms and Phrases with fanning
In addition to the idiom beginning with fan
- fan the flames
- shit will hit the fan