fan out

Definition of fan out

:to spread apart or to cause (something) to spread apart
  • The police fanned out across the park in search of the suspect.
  • He fanned out his fingers.

Word by Word Definitions

fan play
  1. : any of various devices for winnowing grain

  2. : an instrument for producing a current of air: such as

  3. : 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 (such 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

  1. : to drive away the chaff of (grain) by means of a current of air

  2. : to eliminate (chaff) by winnowing

  3. : to move or impel (air) with a 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)

out play
  1. : in a direction away from the inside or center

  2. : outside

  3. : from among others

  1. : eject, oust

  2. : to identify publicly as being such secretly

  3. : to become publicly known

  1. used as a function word to indicate an outward movement

  1. : situated outside : external

  2. : out-of-bounds

  3. : situated at a distance : outlying

  1. : outside

  2. : one who is out of office or power or on the outside

  3. : an act or instance of putting a player out or of being put out in baseball

  1. : in a manner that exceeds or surpasses and sometimes overpowers or defeats


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