Origin of fanwise

First recorded in 1880–85; fan1 + -wise Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for fanwise

Historical Examples of fanwise

  • We lowered and spread out, fanwise, from the bark and made for the whales.

    Swept Out to Sea

    W. Bertram Foster

  • He drew a dilapidated pack of cards from his pocket and spread them fanwise.

    The Land of Strong Men

    Arthur M. Chisholm

  • The chain of the hills swung sharply away to the east, and the path broadened, fanwise, east and west.

    Polaris of the Snows

    Charles B. Stilson