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1fan

noun \ˈfan\

Definition of FAN

1
:  any of various devices for winnowing grain
2
:  an instrument for producing a current of air: as
a :  a device that is held in the hand and moved back and forth to cool a person and that is usually shaped like a segment of a circle and composed of material (as feathers or paper) mounted on thin rods or slats moving about a pivot so that the device may be closed compactly when not in use
b :  a device that consists of a series of vanes radiating from a hub rotated on its axle by a motor
c slang :  an airplane propeller
3
a :  something resembling an open fan
b :  a gently sloping fan-shaped body of detritus; especially :  alluvial fan
fan·like \-ˌlīk\ adjective

Origin of FAN

Middle English, from Old English fann, from Latin vannus — more at winnow
First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Agriculture/Gardening Terms

fallow, graft, heirloom, loam, potash, soilage, swath, tilth, windfall

Rhymes with FAN

2fan

verb

: to move air on or toward (someone or something) with a fan

baseball : to strike out

fannedfan·ning

Full Definition of FAN

transitive verb
1
a :  to drive away the chaff of (grain) by means of a current of air
b :  to eliminate (as chaff) by winnowing
2
:  to move or impel (air) with a fan
3
:  to blow or breathe upon <the breeze fanning her hair>
4
a :  to direct a current of air upon with a fan
b :  to stir up to activity as if by fanning :  stimulate <fanning the fires of nationalism>
5
archaic :  wave
6
slang :  spank
7
:  to spread like a fan <the peacock fanned his tail>
8
:  to strike (a batter) out in baseball
9
:  to fire a series of shots from (a single-action revolver) by holding the trigger back and successively striking the hammer to the rear with the free hand
intransitive verb
1
:  to move like a fan :  flutter
2
:  to spread like a fan —often used with out <the searchers fanned out>
3
:  strike out 3
fan·ner \ˈfa-nər\ noun

Examples of FAN

  1. He fanned himself with a newspaper while he waited for the bus.
  2. The pitcher has fanned six batters in the first three innings.
  3. The batter fanned on a curveball.

First Known Use of FAN

before 12th century

3fan

noun

Definition of FAN

1
:  an enthusiastic devotee (as of a sport or a performing art) usually as a spectator
2
:  an ardent admirer or enthusiast (as of a celebrity or a pursuit) <science-fiction fans>

Origin of FAN

probably short for fanatic
First Known Use: 1682

Other Performing Arts Terms

diva, dramaturgy, loge, prestidigitation, proscenium, supernumerary, zany

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