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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

fanfæn(n.; v.)fanned, fan•ning.

  1. (n.)a device for producing a current of air by the movement of one or more broad surfaces.

  2. an implement of feathers, leaves, paper, 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.

  3. anything resembling such an implement, as the tail of a bird.

    Category: Zoology

  4. any of various electrical or mechanical devices consisting of vanes radiating from a central hub that revolves, producing a current of air.

    Category: Machinery

  5. a series of revolving blades supplying air for winnowing or cleaning grain.

  6. (v.t.)to move or agitate (the air) with or as if with a fan.

  7. to cause air to blow upon, as from a fan; cool or refresh with or as if with a fan.

  8. to stir to activity; incite:

    to fan emotions.

  9. to blow upon:

    A cool breeze fanned the shore.

  10. to spread out like a fan.

  11. (of a baseball pitcher) to strike out (a batter).

    Category: Sport

  12. (v.i.)to strike, swing, or brush lightly at something.

  13. to spread out like a fan:

    The forest fire fanned out in all directions.

  14. (of a baseball batter) to strike out.

    Category: Sport

Origin of fan:

bef. 900; ME, OE fann < L vannus winnowing basket



  1. an enthusiastic devotee or admirer of a sport, pastime, celebrity, etc.; enthusiast.

Origin of fan:

1885–90, Amer.; short for fanatic

Fanfæn, fɑn(n.)(pl.)Fans; Fan.

  1. (esp. formerly)

    Category: Peoples

    Ref: Fang. 2

Princeton's WordNet

  1. fan(noun)

    a device for creating a current of air by movement of a surface or surfaces

  2. sports fan, fan, rooter(noun)

    an enthusiastic devotee of sports

  3. fan, buff, devotee, lover(verb)

    an ardent follower and admirer

  4. fan(verb)

    strike out (a batter), (of a pitcher)

  5. fan(verb)

    make (an emotion) fiercer

    "fan hatred"

  6. fan(verb)

    agitate the air

  7. winnow, fan(verb)

    separate the chaff from by using air currents

    "She stood there winnowing chaff all day in the field"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. fan(noun)æn, fɑn

    sb who likes and supports a team, famous person etc.

    I'm a Red Sox fan.; The singer met some of her fans.

  2. fanæn, fɑn

    a machine that cools air by moving it

    a ceiling fan

  3. fanæn, fɑn

    an object you wave to make yourself cool

    ***a Japanese fan

  4. fanæn, fɑn

    to like

    I'm a big fan of chocolate.

  5. fan(verb)æn, fɑn

    to wave sth at sb to make them cool


  1. Fan(ProperNoun)

    A diminutive of Frances.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Fan(noun)

    an instrument used for producing artificial currents of air, by the wafting or revolving motion of a broad surface

  2. Fan(noun)

    an instrument for cooling the person, made of feathers, paper, silk, etc., and often mounted on sticks all turning about the same pivot, so as when opened to radiate from the center and assume the figure of a section of a circle

  3. Fan(noun)

    any revolving vane or vanes used for producing currents of air, in winnowing grain, blowing a fire, ventilation, etc., or for checking rapid motion by the resistance of the air; a fan blower; a fan wheel

  4. Fan(noun)

    an instrument for winnowing grain, by moving which the grain is tossed and agitated, and the chaff is separated and blown away

  5. Fan(noun)

    something in the form of a fan when spread, as a peacock's tail, a window, etc

  6. Fan(noun)

    a small vane or sail, used to keep the large sails of a smock windmill always in the direction of the wind

  7. Fan(noun)

    that which produces effects analogous to those of a fan, as in exciting a flame, etc.; that which inflames, heightens, or strengthens; as, it served as a fan to the flame of his passion

  8. Fan(noun)

    a quintain; -- from its form

  9. Fan(noun)

    to move as with a fan

  10. Fan(noun)

    to cool and refresh, by moving the air with a fan; to blow the air on the face of with a fan

  11. Fan(noun)

    to ventilate; to blow on; to affect by air put in motion

  12. Fan(noun)

    to winnow; to separate chaff from, and drive it away by a current of air; as, to fan wheat

  13. Fan(noun)

    to excite or stir up to activity, as a fan axcites a flame; to stimulate; as, this conduct fanned the excitement of the populace


  1. Fan

    A fan, sometimes also called aficionado or supporter, is a person who is enthusiastically devoted to something, such as a band, a sports team or entertainer. Collectively, fans of a particular thing or person constitute its fanbase or fandom. They may show their enthusiasm by being members of a fan club, holding fan conventions, creating fanzines, writing fan mail, or by promoting the object of their interest and attention.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Fan

    a light hand implement used to cause a draught of cool air to play upon the face; there are two kinds, the folding and non-folding; the latter, sometimes large and fixed on a pole, were known to the ancients, the former were invented by the Japanese in the 7th century, and became popular in Italy and Spain in the 16th century; but Paris soon took a lead in their manufacture, carrying them to their highest pitch of artistic perfection in the reign of Louis XIV.

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. fan

    Without qualification, indicates a fan of science fiction, especially one who goes to cons and tends to hang out with other fans. Many hackers are fans, so this term has been imported from fannish slang; however, unlike much fannish slang it is recognized by most non-fannish hackers. Among SF fans the plural is correctly fen, but this usage is not automatic to hackers. “Laura reads the stuff occasionally but isn't really a fan.”

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'FAN' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4724

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'FAN' in Nouns Frequency: #952

Anagrams of FAN

  1. NFA

  2. NAF

Translations for FAN

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a flat instrument held in the hand and waved to direct a current of air across the face in hot weather

Ladies used to carry fans to keep themselves cool.

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