- 1An apparatus with rotating blades that creates a current of air for cooling or ventilation: a couple of ceiling fans, lazily turning the kitchen may need to be fitted with an extractor fanMore example sentences
- Ceiling fans that keep you cool in summer also can save energy in winter.
- But the Ceramic World factory has no windows for ventilation and only large fans fixed to the ceiling.
- An extractor fan was provided for ventilating the equipment room.
- 1.1A small sail for keeping the head of a windmill towards the wind.More example sentences
- While the previous windmill designs are for larger structures that could service entire towns, the fan-type windmill is made specifically for individuals.
- 2A handheld device, typically folding and shaped like a segment of a circle when spread out, that is waved so as to cool the person holding it: the girls were giggling behind their fansMore example sentences
- Well-prepared with umbrellas and caps, spectators waved fans or improvised from whatever was at hand to fight the heat.
- I presume she thought the rarity of the day justified her unorthodox behaviour in an era when ladies were expected to remain giggling behind their fans.
- How do you walk downstairs in heels, waving giant fans, singing a song, looking at these guys like you love it.
- 2.1A thing resembling an open fan: [as modifier]: fan vaultingMore example sentences
- Then it stood tall, unfolding its wings to their full fan of circle and began to shimmer the wing feathers, so that they scattered sunlight like jewels.
- Needles of light, frozen rays, shot out from her back, spreading out like a fan, with a thin light webbing in between each.
- Its big black wings spread like fans across the blazing sky.
- 2.2A fan-shaped alluvial or talus deposit at the foot of a slope: there are great waste fans at the foot of the Andes in the desertMore example sentences
- Each terrace represents a fan of younger pyroclastic deposits infilling valleys cut in older fans.
- Alluvial fans and related phenomena are depositional landforms which form a continuum.
- Up to 2000 m of alluvial fan and fan delta deposits of early Cretaceous age are preserved in the Coastal Cordillera.
verb (fans, fanning, fanned)Back to top
- 1 [with object] Cool (someone or something) by waving an object to create a current of air: he fanned himself with his hatMore example sentences
- Some people were walking up and down just to keep cool while mums were fanning their children.
- For the next three or four months, while the youngsters mature, the foundress cleans the nest regularly and helps keep it cool by fanning her wings.
- When the weather turns hot, workers fan their wings at the entrance to the hive, cooling it.
- 1.1(Of breath or a breeze) blow gently on: his breath fanned her skin as he leant towards herMore example sentences
- Ally walked out of the building and onto the always-bustling street, a light breeze fanning her shoulder-length, caramel-blond hair out behind her.
- He was so close that she could feel his rapid exhalations of breath gently fanning her face.
- The lake looked cold and still, although a slight breeze gently fanned its surface so that it seemed to have gills.
- 1.2 [with object and adverbial of direction] Brush or drive away with a waving movement: a veil of smoke which she fanned away with a jewelled handMore example sentences
- She fanned away the steam trekking to the small mirror.
- It seemed that every time he fanned away some sand with either his fins or his hands he revealed something remarkable.
- I looked up, fanning away the smoke with one hand until I could make out the form of my brother Jason.
- 1.3 [no object] Baseball & Ice Hockey Swing unsuccessfully at the ball or puck: he had fanned 37 times in 83 at-batsMore example sentences
- Esposito fanned on a long shot by Jacques Lemaire, then Henri Richard scored twice to give the Habs the championship.
- He fanned seven and walked three before handing the ball over to Lin Ying-jeh.
- In this day of home runs and strikeouts, I would like to know how many players have hit 40 home runs in a season without fanning more than 50 times?
- 1.4 Baseball Strike out (a batter): Norris fanned nine batters with his screwballMore example sentences
- The Steinbach ace faced only 15 batters in the contest, fanning 13 of them.
- Pitcher Troy Pruess blew the Brothers batters from the box, conceding just three hits and fanning 12 batters at the plate.
- The team hopes Service returns to his 1998 form, when he fanned 95 batters in 82 2/3 innings.
- 2 [with object] Increase the strength of (a fire) by blowing on it or stirring up the air near it: fanned by an easterly wind, the fire spread rapidlyMore example sentences
- Firefighters had been monitoring hotspots but there were worries that increasing wind might fan the flames.
- We have already experienced large fires, fanned by Westerly winds, in the Tenterfield area.
- So here in normally lovely Marin, we are blanketed with smoke thick with particulate matter, blown in courtesy of offshore winds that are fanning the flames of a fire out of control up in Yolo county.
- 2.1Cause (a belief or emotion) to become stronger or more widespread: a fury fanned by press coverageMore example sentences
- A person who has declared his intentions for repeating the pogrom, outside Gujarat should not be allowed to roam about fanning communal hatred and passion.
- They select those news reports that are consistent with their preferred thinking, especially those that fan national emotions.
- People's fears, often fanned by anti-bat hysteria in the media about the danger of contracting bat-carried diseases, have made bats political pawns.
- 3 [no object] (fan out) Disperse or radiate from a central point to cover a wide area: the arriving passengers began to fan out through the town in search of lodgingsMore example sentences
- In addition to the areas where the delegates are concentrated, we began to fan out to other areas.
- The commandos fan out to various areas on the ship and, after tense moments, the radio crackles into life: Pandey has taken control of the ship and his men are conducting the search.
- In targeted sampling, interviewers fan out into targeted areas to conduct interviews over the course of several days.
- 3.1Spread out or cause to spread out into a semicircular shape: [no object]: a dress made of tiny pleats that fanned out as she walked [with object]: a wind fanned her hair out behind herMore example sentences
- Her short brown hair fanned out as she cocked her head to the side.
- She had short, wavy brown hair that fanned out at the ends, and lovely facial features accented by eyebrows that gave her an incredible air of confidence and superiority.
- It fanned out and lay open on the floor, just an ordinary white cloth upon a stoneworked floor.
fan the flames (of something)
- Cause an emotion such as anger or hatred to become stronger: instead of being a calming force you fanned the flames of hostilityMore example sentences
- At a national level, the centre-right coalition Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi has been accused of fanning the flames of anti-foreigner discrimination.
- Indeed, her words seem to have fanned the flames.
- Worryingly last week, researchers at Glasgow Caledonian University were in danger of fanning the flames.
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- It came with a strange fan-like contraption which turns out to be a reflector for the flash bulb.
- The remaining proximal tendon fibers were then spread out in a fan-like shape, sandwiched between two pieces of sandpaper and tightly fixed in a metal clamp.
- Let cool between paper towels to absorb extra fat, then cut each slice into 6 fan-like pieces (like you would cut slices in a cake).
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- They were bystanders, fanners of flames, perhaps, but empty-handed, palms held upwards for inspection.
- Rush Limbaugh, a right-wing fanner of hatreds who presents a popular radio show, has helped to make liberals into extremists after his own heart.
- Pneumatically operated Sheet Fanners separate stacked sheets for easy handling, destacking, and transfer.
Old English fann (as a noun denoting a device for winnowing grain), fannian (verb), from Latin vannus 'winnowing fan'. Compare with vane.
- A person who has a strong interest in or admiration for a particular sport, art form, or famous person: football fans I’m a fan of this authorMore example sentences
enthusiast, devotee, admirer, lover, addict; supporter, follower, disciple, adherent, backer, zealot, champion, votary; expert, connoisseur, aficionadoNorth American • informal jock(fans) British Sport • informal barmy army
- It is anyone's guess how many spectators will take an interest and even become fans of the sport.
- With increasing numbers of African players in the British leagues, the tournament will be of huge interest to sports fans.
- More than in other sports, football fans recollect jerseys and numbers as opposed to faces.
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- Not so bad that he doesn't look at the worlds of comic book publishing and its satellite fandom with a clear set of eyes, however.
- He was one of the founding fathers of science-fiction fandom and later of comic book fandom.
- I am going to be completely insane by the 21st of June and it is entirely the fault of the Harry Potter fandom.
late 19th century (originally US): abbreviation of fanatic.