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Meaning of FAN

Pronunciation:  fan

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a device for creating a current of air by movement of a surface or surfaces
  2. [n]  an ardent follower
  3. [n]  an enthusiastic devotee of sports
  4. [v]  make fiercer; as of emotions; "fan hatred"
  5. [v]  strike out (a batter), (of a pitcher) in baseball
  6. [v]  separate from chaff; of grain; "She stood there winnowing all day in the field"
  7. [v]  agitate the air

FAN is a 3 letter word that starts with F.


 Synonyms: afficionado, buff, devotee, lover, sports fan, winnow
 See Also: aficionado, agitate, amorist, bacchanal, bacchant, blower, compound, cooling system, deepen, device, electric fan, engine cooling system, enthusiast, exhaust fan, follower, followers, following, groupie, heighten, intensify, partisan, partizan, punkah, railbird, shake, sieve, sift, strain, strike out, winnow



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Fan\, n. [AS. fann, fr. L. vannus fan, van for winnowing
    grain; cf. F. van. Cf. {Van} a winnowing machine, {Winnow}.]
    1. An instrument used for producing artificial currents of
       air, by the wafting or revolving motion of a broad
       surface; as:
       (a) 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.
       (b) (Mach.) 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.
       (c) An instrument for winnowing grain, by moving which the
           grain is tossed and agitated, and the chaff is
           separated and blown away.
       (d) Something in the form of a fan when spread, as a
           peacock's tail, a window, etc.
       (e) A small vane or sail, used to keep the large sails of
           a smock windmill always in the direction of the wind.
                 Clean provender, which hath been winnowed with
                 the shovel and with the fan.      --Is. xxx. 24.
    2. 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.
    3. A quintain; -- from its form. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
    {Fan blower}, a wheel with vanes fixed on a rotating shaft
       inclosed in a case or chamber, to create a blast of air
       (fan blast) for forge purposes, or a current for draft and
       ventilation; a fanner.
    {Fan cricket} (Zo["o]l.), a mole cricket.
    {Fan light} (Arch.), a window over a door; -- so called from
       the semicircular form and radiating sash bars of those
       windows which are set in the circular heads of arched
    {Fan shell} (Zo["o]l.), any shell of the family
       {Pectinid[ae]}. See {Scallop}, n., 1.
    {Fan tracery} (Arch.), the decorative tracery on the surface
       of fan vaulting.
    {Fan vaulting} (Arch.), an elaborate system of vaulting, in
       which the ribs diverge somewhat like the rays of a fan, as
       in Henry VII.'s chapel in Westminster Abbey. It is
       peculiar to English Gothic.
    {Fan wheel}, the wheel of a fan blower.
    {Fan window}. Same as {Fan light} (above).
  2. \Fan\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Fanned}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Fanning}.] [Cf. OF. vanner, L. vannere. See {Fan}, n., {Van}
    a winnowing machine.]
    1. To move as with a fan.
             The air . . . fanned with unnumbered plumes.
    2. To cool and refresh, by moving the air with a fan; to blow
       the air on the face of with a fan.
    3. To ventilate; to blow on; to affect by air put in motion.
             Calm as the breath which fans our eastern groves.
    4. To winnow; to separate chaff from, and drive it away by a
       current of air; as, to fan wheat. --Jer. li. 2.
    5. To excite or stir up to activity, as a fan axcites a
       flame; to stimulate; as, this conduct fanned the
       excitement of the populace.
    {Fanning machine}, or {Fanning mill}, a machine for
       separating seed from chaff, etc., by a blast of air; a
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Seeing a fan in your dream, refers to the changes in your life. It may also means your need to calm down after a highly charged emotional situation or state. Dreaming that you are fanning yourself or that someone is fanning you, represents your lack of self-confidence.
Easton Bible Dictionary

a winnowing shovel by which grain was thrown up against the wind that it might be cleansed from broken straw and chaff (Isa. 30:24; Jer. 15:7; Matt. 3:12). (See AGRICULTURE.)

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