• WordNet 3.6
    • n fanlight a semicircular window over a door or window; usually has sash bars like the ribs of a fan
    • n fanlight a window in a roof to admit daylight
    • n fanlight a window above a door that is usually hinged to a horizontal crosspiece over the door
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Fanlight a window resembling in form an open fan
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. fann, from L. vannus, a fan; cf. Fr. van.


In literature:

Each side has a large fanlight window with traceried head.
"Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Salisbury" by Gleeson White
Usually when he was at home there was a light in his hall which showed through the fanlight.
"The Green Rust" by Edgar Wallace
The morning was intensely hot, and every door, window, and fanlight was as wide open as it could be.
"Colonial Born" by G. Firth Scott
The upstairs rooms are like fanlights over street-doors.
"The Life of Charles Dickens, Vol. I-III, Complete" by John Forster
There must have been a fanlight over this door.
"The Indifference of Juliet" by Grace S. Richmond
Don't you see it on the fanlight?
"The Girl from Sunset Ranch" by Amy Bell Marlowe
The name, in large white letters, appeared presently in the fanlight above the door.
"The Combined Maze" by May Sinclair
Ted closed the fanlight.
"Ted Marsh on an Important Mission" by Elmer Sherwood
Fanlights between the various hot rooms, with screw-rod adjustment, serve as a means for regulating their relative temperatures.
"The Turkish Bath" by Robert Owen Allsop
The fanlight over the door is a true fan in shape and design, and the lunettes on each side of the double doors are unique.
"Seaport in Virginia" by Gay Montague Moore
In the aisles are what Jacobean architects called fanlights, a series of peculiarly shaped openings like an oddly shaped fan.
"The Cathedrals and Churches of the Rhine" by Francis Miltoun
A leaded glass door that shows fanlight above opens into a broad, low-ceilinged hall.
"Remodeled Farmhouses" by Mary H. Northend
There was a semi-circular fanlight over the door through the grimy panes of which a gas-jet, innocent of globe, gave a dull glow.
"The Princess Galva" by David Whitelaw
I will go to the top of the house and guard the fanlight leading to the roof.
"The Weight of the Crown" by Fred M. White
He left the palace: outside he found a crowd gaping at two great fanlights just lighted over the gate.
"The Cloister and the Hearth" by Charles Reade
The something he had seen, or fancied he had seen, was a momentary glimmer of light shining through the fanlight over the door.
"The New Rector" by Stanley J. Weyman
The glass fanlights over the doors showed that all the rooms were brilliantly lit within.
"When It Was Dark" by Guy Thorne
The lower hall was also dark; but through a fanlight he caught the gleam of a street lamp.
"Ashton Kirk, Secret Agent" by John T. McIntyre
All was in darkness save the hall, where the electric lamp showed above the fanlight.
"The Pauper of Park Lane" by William Le Queux
Suddenly, above the fanlight, I saw the flickering light of a candle carried down the hall, and a moment later the door opened.
"The Red Room" by William Le Queux

In poetry:

A lady and gentleman of the Music Hall company, Monti & Spry,
Managed to make their escape by climbing up very high
To an advertisement board, and smashing the glass of the fanlight,
And squeezed themselves through with a great fight.
"The Burning of the People's Variety Theatre, Aberdeen" by William Topaz McGonagall

In science:

To reach the same porosity indoor ,it was asked to add fanlights above the bedroom doors .
Bringing simulation to implementation: Presentation of a global approach in the design of passive solar buildings under humid tropical climates