• Repeated fan, leaf and bead pattern
    Repeated fan, leaf and bead pattern
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v fan make (an emotion) fiercer "fan hatred"
    • v fan strike out (a batter), (of a pitcher)
    • v fan separate the chaff from by using air currents "She stood there winnowing chaff all day in the field"
    • v fan agitate the air
    • n fan a device for creating a current of air by movement of a surface or surfaces
    • n fan an ardent follower and admirer
    • n fan an enthusiastic devotee of sports
    • ***

Additional illustrations & photos:

Brushes.—Fan Brushes.—Fan
Git Up, Fan Git Up, Fan
Brid behind a fan Brid behind a fan
Fan and Tom shake hands Fan and Tom shake hands
A woman in hoopskirt fans herself at the top of a staircase A woman in hoopskirt fans herself at the top of a staircase

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1933, Mickey Mouse is believed to have received 800,000 fan letters
    • Fan A quintain; -- from its form.
    • Fan A small vane or sail, used to keep the large sails of a smock windmill always in the direction of the wind.
    • Fan 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.
    • Fan An instrument for winnowing grain, by moving which the grain is tossed and agitated, and the chaff is separated and blown away.
    • Fan An instrument used for producing artificial currents of air, by the wafting or revolving motion of a broad surface
    • Fan 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.
    • Fan Something in the form of a fan when spread, as a peacock's tail, a window, etc.
    • Fan 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.
    • Fan To cool and refresh, by moving the air with a fan; to blow the air on the face of with a fan.
    • Fan To excite or stir up to activity, as a fan excites a flame; to stimulate; as, this conduct fanned the excitement of the populace.
    • Fan To move as with a fan. "The air . . . fanned with unnumbered plumes."
    • Fan To ventilate; to blow on; to affect by air put in motion. "Calm as the breath which fans our eastern groves."
    • Fan To winnow; to separate chaff from, and drive it away by a current of air; as, to fan wheat.
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In July 1934, Babe Ruth paid the fan who caught his 700th career home run ball $20 to get it back.
    • n fan The common name of instruments for producing agitation of the air by the movements of a broad surface, as of a wing or vane. Specifically— A hand-implement for cooling the face and person by agitating the air. Fans are made in a variety of forms and of two general kinds, those which can be folded or shut up and those which are permanently expanded or fixed. Fixed fans are made of feathers set side by side. of the leaves of palmate-leafed palm-trees, or of paper or similar films spread on slender radiating sticks. Folding fans are sometimes made of thin slips of ivory, wood, or papier maché, etc., but more commonly of a continuous surface of paper. silk, or other material, mounted on strips of a rigid material pivoted at one end, and folding together easily in the manner of a plaiting. The most costly and elaborate painted fans were made during the eighteenth century, especially in France, chicken-skin being a favorite material.
    • n fan Any contrivance of vanes or flat disks, revolved by machinery or by hand, as for winnowing grain, cooling fluids, urging combustion, promoting ventilation, etc.
    • n fan A small vane or sail used to keep the large sails of a windmill always in the direction of the wind.
    • n fan An apparatus for regulating or checking, by the resistance of the air to its rapid motion, the velocity of light machinery, as in a musical box; a fly.
    • n fan An apparatus, also called the fan-governor, for regulating the throttle-valve of a steam-engine.
    • n fan In soapmanuf., a rotating paddle, so set that its blades skim closely over the surface of the boiling mass in the soap-copper. It serves to prevent the contents of the copper from boiling over.
    • n fan Something resembling a fan when spread, as the wing of a bird, the tail of a peacock, etc.
    • n fan In geology, an accumulation of debris brought down by a stream descending through a steep ravine and debouching in the plain beneath, where the detrital material spreads itself out in the shape of a fan, forming a section of a very low cone.
    • n fan A quintain.
    • n fan Figuratively, any agency which excites to action or which stimulates the activity of a passion or an emotion, producing effects analogous to those of a fan in exciting flame: as, this was a fan to rebellion; a fan to love.
    • n fan In Arthropoda, an appendage of the abdomen, as in the tail of Mysis, which may contain an auditory organ.
    • n fan A measure of chaff, in Cambridgeshire, England, equal to 3 heaped bushels.
    • n fan The flukes of a whale: a whalers'term.
    • fan To cool and refresh, or affect in any way, by agitating the air with or as with a fan.
    • fan To move or agitate with or as with a fan.
    • fan To blow upon, literally or figuratively; excite, as fire, by means of a current of air.
    • fan To winnow; separate chaff from and drive it away by a current of air.
    • fan Figuratively, to produce effects upon analogous to those of a fan in exciting flame; excite; increase the activity or ardor of; stimulate; inflame: said of the passions and emotions, of plots, etc.: as, this fanned the flame of his love; he fanned the embers of rebellion.
    • fan To move, as if by the action of a fan or by fanning.
    • fan To assume a fanlike shape.
    • n fan In projective geometry, one of the flat pencils which are determined by the sides of a polygram.
    • fan To “cool with a club”; club, as policemen sometimes club refractory prisoners.
    • fan To strike at something (as a base-ball) without hitting it; fan the air.
    • fan To strike out, as in base-ball.
    • n fan One who is very enthusiastic on the subject of athletic sports, especially base-ball; one who haunts base-ball grounds and base-ball games; a base-ball ‘fiend.’
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Lou Gehrig earned a total of $316,000 during his 17 year career with the New York Yankees. In 1992, a fan paid $363,000 for a Yankee jersey that Gehrig wore during the 1927 season.
    • n Fan fan an instrument for winnowing grain: a broad, flat instrument used by ladies to cool themselves: a wing: a small sail to keep a windmill to the wind: the agitation of the air caused by a fan
    • v.t Fan to cool with a fan: to winnow: to ventilate: to remove by waving a fan:—pr.p. fan′ning; pa.p. fanned
    • ***


  • Francois De La Rochefoucauld
    “Absence diminishes little passions and increases great ones, as wind extinguishes candles and fans a fire.”
  • Yogi Berra
    “If the fans don't come out to the ball park, you can't stop them .”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “A baseball fan is a spectator sitting 500 feet from home plate Who can see better than an umpire standing five feet away.”
  • Charles Dickens
    “Fan the sinking flame of hilarity with the wing of friendship; and pass the rosy wine.”
  • Bobby Hull
    Bobby Hull
    “Every professional athlete owes a debt of gratitude to the fans and management, and pays an installment every time he plays. He should never miss a payment.”
  • Bonnie Raitt
    Bonnie Raitt
    “I think my fans will follow me into our combined old age. Real musicians and real fans stay together for a long, long time.”


Hit the fan - When it hits the fan, or, more rudely, the shit hits the fan, serious trouble starts.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. fann, fr. L. vannus, fan, van for winnowing grain; cf. F. van,. Cf. Van a winnowing machine, Winnow


In literature:

Now this is the age of the fan.
"Broken Bread from an Evangelist's Wallet" by Thomas Champness
The faithful team, Fan and Bill, were kept on the road most of the time.
"Land of the Burnt Thigh" by Edith Eudora Kohl
The average fracas fan wasn't on an intellectual level to appreciate anything other than victory.
"Mercenary" by Dallas McCord Reynolds
Memory had fanned her wrath.
""Unto Caesar"" by Baroness Emmuska Orczy
He poised his weapon, fanning it to and fro to take sure aim.
"Blow The Man Down" by Holman Day
At last Sparkfair found a victim, and Shackleton fanned.
"Frank Merriwell's Son" by Burt L. Standish
The flame of agitation was fanned by the unfairness of government officials in the lowlands.
"Blue Ridge Country" by Jean Thomas
Fan, will you come with me?
"Betty Vivian" by L. T. Meade
And she stood and waved her fan with the prettiest inscrutable air in the world.
"The Pretty Sister Of José 1889" by Frances Hodgson Burnett
A long ivory fan, of exquisite workmanship, lay on a table near.
"The Mistress of Shenstone" by Florence L. Barclay

In poetry:

We've raised the Temperance banner,
Our bark is on the wing.
May favoring breezes fan her,
We merrily, merrily sing
"Away With Melancholy" by John Pierpont
Its gentle breezes fan our cheek;
Amid our worldly cares,
Its gentle voices whisper love,
And mingle with our prayers.
"The Other World" by Harriet Beecher Stowe
Rather here abideth Spring,
Lady of a lovely land,
Dear to leaf and fluttering wing,
Deep in blooms—by breezes fanned.
"Araluen" by Henry Kendall
Two silent girls, a thoughtful man,
We sunned ourselves in open light,
And felt such April airs as fan
The Isle of Wight;
"The Letter L" by Jean Ingelow
They heard the air above them fanned,
A light step on the sward,
And lo! they saw before them stand
The angel of the Lord!
"A Lay Of Old Time" by John Greenleaf Whittier
They've done them unto Mary kirk,
An there gat fair wedding,
An fan the news spread oer the lan,
For joy the bells did ring.
"Rose The Red And White Lily" by Andrew Lang

In news:

NEW ORLEANS, LA (NBC33) — The Alabama fan accused of performing sexual acts on a passed out LSU fan has pleaded guilty.
It's easy to feel smug and superior to Tampa Bay fans, especially when the Rays can't sell out a postseason game (just 28,299 fans) even when they cover up thousands of seats with blue tarps.
Since 1979 Orion Fans, a division of Knight Electronics, has been designing, developing, and manufacturing AC fans, DC fans, fan trays, fan accessories and blowers to meet the continuing thermal management needs of OEMs worldwide.
For outlet boxes that support ceiling suspended fans, does UL consider out-of-balance fans.
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.
I might not be a real big fan of soccer, but I'm a hugh fan of all the hot girls that attend the games.
Baseball fans love statistics, and I was reading the salaries of 831 Major League players that was printed for fans.
Fans walk past a stack of Hunter Pence bobblehead dolls that were being given away as fans arrived for the Phillies game against the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday.
It's no secret I'm primarily a Cleveland Indians fan and, there, fans are jumping on, not jumping off.
Laker fan pepper -sprayed Jazz fan after game.
Rihanna 's adult fashion sense clashed with her preteen fan base in New York this weekend, as the superstar singer was snapped with three young fans while wearing a necklace that read, "F*** You," and has the picture for you.
BATON ROUGE, LA — Just in time for the start of the NFL season, Louisiana game developer, Pixel Dash Studios announced today the release of an update to its "fan favorite" Fans vs Franchise.
Fans of football and fans of the movies are both mourning the loss of Beaumont native Bubba Smith today as the former NFL player turned actor passed away yesterday at the age of 66.
It looks like Little Big Town's " Pontoon " has a lot of fans that aren't just fans.
The Connecticut sports fan isn't the Boston sports fan.

In science:

Research supported in part by a Ky Fan Postdoctoral Fellowship.
A Simple Proof that Rational Curves on K3 are Nodal
As one can see at T = 0 ferromagnet is totally ordered and Fan derived from Eq. (7) is equal to zero since quadrupole moment of this system is zero.
Dipolar induced anisotropy in the random-field Ising model
With increase in temperature |Fan | raises and at T > Tc Fan 6= 0 because of used approximation of Ising model (magnetic moments of all atoms are parallel to chosen direction).
Dipolar induced anisotropy in the random-field Ising model
Ai Hua Fan, Ka-Sing Lau, Iterated function system and Ruel le operator, preprint 1999.
Perron-Frobenius spectrum for random maps and its approximation
These researchers however describe Kleinberg’s hubs and authorities as fans and centers, respectively.
A Connection-Centric Survey of Recommender Systems Research