fan

A fan cools you by moving the air around you. During the warmest weeks of the summer, it's easier to sleep if you have a fan in your bedroom.

Some fans are electric: you plug them in and a large blade turns fast and blows air around the room. Hand fans are small enough to hold, and as you wave them back and forth, they send puffs of air over your hot face. To do this is to fan yourself. A completely different fan is the one who follows a sports team or a rock band devotedly: "The fans jumped to their feet and cheered."

Definitions of fan
  1. noun
    a device for creating a current of air by movement of a surface or surfaces
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    blower, electric fan
    a fan run by an electric motor
    exhaust fan
    a fan that moves air out of an enclosure
    punkah
    a large fan consisting of a frame covered with canvas that is suspended from the ceiling; used in India for circulating air in a room
    attic fan
    a fan that blows heated air out of the attic of a building
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    device
    an instrumentality invented for a particular purpose
  2. verb
    agitate the air
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    winnow
    blow on
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    agitate, shake
    move or cause to move back and forth
  3. verb
    separate the chaff from by using air currents
    synonyms: winnow
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    sieve, sift, strain
    separate by passing through a sieve or other straining device to separate out coarser elements
  4. noun
    an ardent follower and admirer
    synonyms: buff, devotee, lover
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    aerophile
    a lover of aviation
    aficionado
    a serious devotee of some particular music genre or musical performer
    amorist
    one dedicated to love and lovemaking especially one who writes about love
    bacchanal, bacchant
    a drunken reveller; a devotee of Bacchus
    groupie
    an enthusiastic young fan (especially a young woman who follows rock groups around)
    metalhead
    a fan of heavy metal music
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    follower
    a person who accepts the leadership of another
  5. noun
    an enthusiastic devotee of sports
    synonyms: rooter, sports fan
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    aficionado
    a fan of bull fighting
    railbird
    a fan of racing who watches races from the outer rail of the track
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    enthusiast, partisan, partizan
    an ardent and enthusiastic supporter of some person or activity
  6. verb
    make (an emotion) fiercer
    fan hatred”
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    compound, deepen, heighten, intensify
    make more intense, stronger, or more marked
  7. verb
    strike out (a batter), (of a pitcher)
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    strike out
    put out or be put out by a strikeout
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