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FAN, n. [L. vannus.]

1. An instrument used by ladies to agitate the air and cool the face in warm weather. It is made of feathers, or of thin skin, paper or taffety mounted on sticks, &c.

2. Something in the form of a woman's fan when spread, as a peacoc's tail, a window, &c.

3. An instrument for winnowing grain, by moving which the grain is thrown up and agitated, and the chaff is separated and blown away.

4. something by which the air is moved; a wing.

5. An instrument to raise the fire or flame; as a fan to inflame love.



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FAN, n. [L. vannus.]

1. An instrument used by ladies to agitate the air and cool the face in warm weather. It is made of feathers, or of thin skin, paper or taffety mounted on sticks, &c.

2. Something in the form of a woman's fan when spread, as a peacoc's tail, a window, &c.

3. An instrument for winnowing grain, by moving which the grain is thrown up and agitated, and the chaff is separated and blown away.

4. something by which the air is moved; a wing.

5. An instrument to raise the fire or flame; as a fan to inflame love.

FAN, n. [Sax. fann; Sw. vanna; D. wan; G. wanne; L. vannus; Fr. van; Sp. and Port. abano. The word, in German and Swedish, signifies a fan and a tub, as if from opening or spreading; if so, it seems to be allied to pane, pannel. Class Bn.]

  1. An instrument used by ladies to agitate the air and cool the face in warm weather. It is made of feathers, or of thin skin, paper or taffeta mounted on sticks, &c.
  2. Something in the form of a woman's fan when spread, as a peacock's tail, a window, &c..
  3. An instrument for winnowing grain, by moving which the grain is thrown up and agitated, and the chaff is separated and blown away.
  4. Something by which the air is moved; a wing. Dryden.
  5. An instrument to raise the fire or flame; as, a fan to inflame love. Hooker.

FAN, v.t.

  1. To cool and refresh, by moving the air with a fan; to blow the air on the face with a fan.
  2. To ventilate; to blow on; to affect by air put in motion. The fanning wind upon her bosom blows; To meet the fanning wind the bosom rose. Dryden. Calm as the breath which fans our eastern groves. Dryden.
  3. To move as with a fan. The air – fanned with plumes. Milton.
  4. To winnow; to ventilate; to separate chaff from grain and drive it away by a current of air; as, to fan wheat.

Fan
  1. An instrument used for producing artificial currents of air, by the wafting or revolving motion of a broad surface

    ; as: (a)
  2. To move as with a fan.

    The air . . . fanned with unnumbered plumes. Milton.

  3. 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.
  4. To cool and refresh, by moving the air with a fan] to blow the air on the face of with a fan.
  5. 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 (Zoöl.), 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 doorways. -- Fan shell (Zoöl.), any shell of the family Pectinidæ. 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).

  6. To ventilate; to blow on; to affect by air put in motion.

    Calm as the breath which fans our eastern groves. Dryden.

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

    Jer. li. 2.
  8. To excite or stir up to activity, as a fan excites 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 fanner.

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Fan

FAN, noun [Latin vannus.]

1. An instrument used by ladies to agitate the air and cool the face in warm weather. It is made of feathers, or of thin skin, paper or taffety mounted on sticks, etc.

2. Something in the form of a woman's fan when spread, as a peacoc's tail, a window, etc.

3. An instrument for winnowing grain, by moving which the grain is thrown up and agitated, and the chaff is separated and blown away.

4. something by which the air is moved; a wing.

5. An instrument to raise the fire or flame; as a fan to inflame love.

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