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