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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
fan1 /fæn/USA pronunciation   n., v., fanned, fan•ning. 

n. [countable]
  • 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.

  • v. 
  • [+ 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   n. [countable]

      an enthusiastic follower or admirer of a team, sport, celebrity, etc.;
      enthusiast:hockey fans.

    WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
    fan1  (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.

  • v.t. 
  • 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.

  • v.i. 
  • 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.
  • Etymology:
    • Latin vannus winnowing basket
    • Middle English, Old English fann bef. 900
    fanlike′, adj. 
    fanner, n. 

    fan2  (fan), 

      an enthusiastic devotee, follower, or admirer of a sport, pastime, celebrity, etc.:a baseball fan; a great fan of Charlie Chaplin.
    • short for fanatic 1885–90, American.
    supporter, enthusiast, partisan, booster, addict.
    Fan  (fan, fän), 
    n., pl. Fans,  ([esp. collectively])Fan. 

      Anthropology, Language VarietiesFang.

    Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    fan /fæn/ n
    1. 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
    2. any of various hand-agitated devices for cooling onself, esp a collapsible semicircular series of flat segments of paper, ivory, etc
    3. something shaped like such a fan, such as the tail of certain birds
    4. a kind of basket formerly used for winnowing grain
    vb (fans, fanning, fanned)(mainly tr)
    1. to cause a current of air, esp cool air, to blow upon, as by means of a fan: to fan one's face
    2. to agitate or move (air, smoke, etc) with or as if with a fan
    3. to make fiercer, more ardent, etc: fan one's passion
    4. (also intr) often followed by out: to spread out or cause to spread out in the shape of a fan
    5. to winnow (grain) by blowing the chaff away from it
    Etymology: Old English fann, from Latin vannus

    ˈfanlike adj ˈfanner n
    fan /fæn/ n
    1. an ardent admirer of a pop star, film actor, football team, etc
    2. a devotee of a sport, hobby, etc
    Etymology: 17th Century, re-formed C19: from fan( atic)

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