[ fan-wahyz ]

  1. spread out like an open fan: to hold cards fanwise.

Origin of fanwise

First recorded in 1880–85; fan1 + -wise

Words Nearby fanwise Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use fanwise in a sentence

  • About sunrise the troop left camp in a body, later spreading fanwise over the prairies.

    Raw Gold | Bertrand W. Sinclair
  • A windmill for raising water spreads its giant sails fanwise over a huge grey metal armature.

  • Timidly she spread out fanwise the dove color of her sober costume.

    Bransford of Rainbow Range | Eugene Manlove Rhodes
  • The electro-bullets spread fanwise, exploded into flaming deaths.

    Pirates of the Gorm | Nat Schachner
  • The broad base of the mountain where it sat upon the backs of the lower hills spread out fanwise to a width of five miles.

    The Shepherd of the North | Richard Aumerle Maher