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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
fan1 /fæn/USA pronunciation
n., v., fanned, fan•ning. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
a device for producing a current of air by the revolving movement of one or more blades:an electric fan.
a flat object of plastic, paper, wood, etc., often in the shape of a triangle or a semicircle, for waving lightly in the hand to create a cooling current of air about the body:a beautiful Chinese fan.
[~ + object] to move or stir up (the air) with or as if with a fan.
[~ + object] to cause air to blow upon, such as from a fan:When she fainted we fanned her face.
[~ + object] to stir to activity; incite:The story fanned the emotions of the voters.
to spread out like a fan: [no object]The soldiers fanned out around the enemy.[~ + object]The magician fanned the cards expertly.
fan2 /fæn/USA pronunciation
an enthusiastic follower or admirer of a team, sport, celebrity, etc.;
(fan), n., v., fanned, fan•ning.
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.
Zoologyanything 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.
Time[Horol.]fly1 (def. 34).
Heraldrya semicircular decoration of bunting.
Geography[Physical Geog.]an alluvial fan.
Idiomshit the fan, [Slang.]to become suddenly more awkward, embarrassing, or troublesome:When news of the incident was leaked to the press, everything hit the fan at once.
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 Terms[Informal.]to move (oneself ) quickly:You'll fan your tail out of here if you know what's good for you.
Agriculture[Agric.]to winnow, esp. by an artificial current of air.
Sport[Baseball.](of a pitcher) to strike out (a batter).
Dialect Terms[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.
Dialect Terms[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 fol. by out):The forest fire fanned out in all directions.
Sport[Baseball.](of a batter) to strike out, usually by swinging at and missing the pitch charged as the third strike.
- Latin vannus winnowing basket
- Middle English, Old English fann bef. 900
an enthusiastic devotee, follower, or admirer of a sport, pastime, celebrity, etc.:a baseball fan; a great fan of Charlie Chaplin.
supporter, enthusiast, partisan, booster, addict.
(fan, fän), n., pl. Fans, ([esp. collectively])Fan.
- short for fanatic 1885–90, American.
Anthropology, Language VarietiesFang.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
fan /fæn/ n
vb (fans, fanning, fanned)(mainly tr)
- 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
- 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
Etymology: Old English fann, from Latin vannusˈfanlike adj ˈfanner n
- 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 followed by out: to spread out or cause to spread out in the shape of a fan
- to winnow (grain) by blowing the chaff away from it
fan /fæn/ n
Etymology: 17th Century, re-formed C19: from fan( atic)
- an ardent admirer of a pop star, film actor, football team, etc
- a devotee of a sport, hobby, etc