- 1 (hand-held)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.
- 3 (shape)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.
transitive verb -nn-
- 1 1.1 (direct air at) See examples: to fan somebody/oneself1.2 (to blow on)abanicar a alguien/abanicarse(wind/breeze)soplar sobreExample sentences
Example sentences1.3 (stimulate)
- 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.
(interest/passion/curiosity)to fan the flames(of controversy, dispute)(lit: of fire)avivar el fuegoExample 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 2 (in baseball)(hitter)(pitch)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?
- 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.
- (devotee) See examples:a jazz fana fan of the Beatles, a Beatles fanun aficionado al jazzun entusiasta del jazza soccer/an England fanun fan or admirador de los BeatlesI'm his biggest fanun hincha de fútbol/Inglaterra(before noun) fan lettersoy su más grande admiradoracarta (feminine) de un admirador or una admiradoracarta (feminine) de un fan or una fanExample sentences
- 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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