Sea-fan

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Sea-fan an alcyonarian polyp with a beautiful much-branched fan-like skeleton
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. ; Dut. zee, Ger. see, Ice. sær, Dan. .

Usage

In literature:

They were in full dress, and the golden-pinned mantillas and the sea of waving fans were a sight indeed.
"Remember the Alamo" by Amelia E. Barr
Down I went, and I came right down on a small sea-fan, which I grabbed instantly.
"A Jolly Fellowship" by Frank R. Stockton
Isn't that a sea-fan?
"The Boy With the U. S. Fisheries" by Francis Rolt-Wheeler
There was a little seaweed, but not much; sponges, sea fans, and several tiny writhing octopi that shot away and vanished in the obscurity.
"The Pirate Shark" by Elliott Whitney
To make it more agreeable, the soft wind fanned our faces, and the sea seemed to be whispering in a curious lulling way that was delightful.
"Devon Boys" by George Manville Fenn
We got them fans too fast; and besides, I don't see no smoke on the sea-line.
"Fitz the Filibuster" by George Manville Fenn
At length a breeze fanned our cheeks, our sails filled, and we began to move rapidly through the dark and silent sea.
"Mark Seaworth" by William H.G. Kingston
It is a holiday with the breakers, and the sea moves its fringe as gently as if fanning itself to sleep.
"Impressions of a War Correspondent" by George Lynch
It has the climate of Madeira, and is fanned by the sea-breezes that invigorate but do not chill.
"England, Picturesque and Descriptive" by Joel Cook
The flames O-Shichi kindled were From sea to Shiba fanned.
"Nirvana Days" by Cale Young Rice
The green sea-growth on her underbody fans and waves in the tide, showing long voyaging in the crust and stage of it.
"Merchantmen-at-Arms" by David W. Bone
This wind seemed at times like some powerful winnowing-fan, violently driving them into the sea.
"More Tales by Polish Authors" by Various
The wind was now blowing strongly from the sea, and fanned it into flame.
"She's All the World to Me" by Hall Caine
Here purple sea-fans wave gently to and fro.
"Cuba Past and Present" by Richard Davey
The breezes which fan this scene come laden with health and exhilaration, pure as the icy breath of the Arctic Sea.
"The History of Peru" by Henry S. Beebe
A light breeze was fanning the sea, and every stitch of canvas that would draw was set.
"The Second War with England, Vol. 1 of 2" by Joel Tyler Headley
When he got them he sat on the deck and read them while the cool sea breeze fanned his forehead.
"A Captain of Industry" by Upton Sinclair
Bye and bye sea and land reflected a crimson glow, which steadily increased, fanned by the gale, until it shone far out upon the sea.
"The Hill of Venus" by Nathan Gallizier
She sat down in a large chair before the open window, with the shady gallery outside, and the fanning breeze blowing in from off the sea.
"True to a Type, Vol. II (of 2)" by Robert Cleland
The whole thing was a sea of fluttering fans, sickly blue light, and waving red cloaks.
"The Little Spanish Dancer" by Madeline Brandeis
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In poetry:

Over a shining land—
Once such a land I knew—
Over its sea, by a soft wind fanned,
The sky is all white and blue.
"Picture Songs" by George MacDonald
And thus she roamed
In the roamings of her fan,
Partaking of the sea,
And of the evening,
As they flowed around
And uttered their subsiding sound.
"Infanta Marina" by Wallace Stevens
My mother sea, my fostress, what new strand,
What new delight of waters, may this be,
The fairest found since time's first breezes fanned
My mother sea?
"In Guernsey - To Theodore Watts" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
By day the blue and silver sea
And chime of waters blandly fanned--
Nor these, nor Gama's stars to me
May yield delight since still for thee
I long as Gama longed for land.
"Crossing The Tropics" by Herman Melville
Now, with faint steps she treads the pebbly shore,
While Zephyr fans her burning cheek in vain;
Unseen by her, the circling sea-fowl soar,
Or skim with light wing o'er the foamy main.
"To Adelina. Written while reading the Third Volume of Mrs Smith's 'Orphan of the Castle'" by Maria Logan
A mermaid smoothing her sunny hair,
Fanned by the breath of the summer air,
Sang to me,--"Love, wilt thou go with me
"Down to the depths of the purple sea?"--
"Maiden, ah yes! I will go with thee,
"And lap my soul in felicity!"
"The Mermaid" by Walter Richard Cassels

In news:

A sea of fans in blue and green jerseys, blue and gold hair pieces and watermelon helmets of all kinds roared for the Prairie rivals who fought an even battle until the bitter end: 25-24 for Saskatchewan.
Baltic the sea dog swimming through fan mail .
The guy who was barreling the wrong way down Poydras Street as a sea of fans moved toward the Superdome.
Baltic the sea dog swimming through fan mail.
Baltic the sea dog swimming through fan mail.
On Sunday, as throngs of NASCAR fans strolled along the slopes of vendors outside Martinsville Speedway, Pete Hamlett was a dash of cinnamon in a sea of vanilla.
It was a sea of scarlet and gray in Boardman as Buckeye fans watched Ohio State University beat rival Michigan with a score of 26 to 21.
Kelly won't be sailing the high seas with his biggest fans.
This means facing sea after churning sea of diehard fans with a smile.
Caramel Sea Salt Mocha is a fan favorite at Dreamcakes Bakery.
Monterey, Calif (October 12, 2011) – Cyclists and fans are invited to 'save the date' for the 22nd Annual Sea Otter Classic to be held Thursday-Sunday, April 19-22, 2012, at the Laguna Seca Recreation Area in Monterey, California.
CARY, N.C.–Generation Brands, the parent to a number of lighting and ceiling fan companies including Murray Feiss, Sea Gull and Monte Carlo Fan, has filed for bankruptcy.
Despite reaching temperatures to rival a hot bath, the sea is dotted with hundreds of stand-up paddling (SUP) fans who have taken up the sport over the past two years.
I'm sure being an attractive blonde in a sea of drunken baseball fans outside of Wrigley is not a fun place to be.
Sea lion fans can take home a useful souvenir in Florence, Ore. Bring a bit of the Oregon Coast to your table with these spicy memorabilia.
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