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."

Primary Meanings of fan

1.
nv
a device for creating a current of air by movement of a surface or surfaces
agitate the air
2.
n
an ardent follower and admirer
3.
v
make (an emotion) fiercer
4.
v
strike out (a batter), (of a pitcher)
Full Definitions of fan
1

n 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
Type of:
device
an instrumentality invented for a particular purpose

v agitate the air

Types:
winnow
blow on
Type of:
agitate, shake
move or cause to move back and forth

v separate the chaff from by using air currents

Synonyms:
winnow
Type of:
sieve, sift, strain
separate by passing through a sieve or other straining device to separate out coarser elements
2

n 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
Type of:
follower
a person who accepts the leadership of another

n an enthusiastic devotee of sports

Synonyms:
rooter, sports fan
Types:
aficionado
a fan of bull fighting
railbird
a fan of racing who watches races from the outer rail of the track
Type of:
enthusiast, partisan, partizan
an ardent and enthusiastic supporter of some person or activity
3

v make (an emotion) fiercer

fan hatred”
Type of:
compound, deepen, heighten, intensify
make more intense, stronger, or more marked
4

v strike out (a batter), (of a pitcher)

Type of:
strike out
put out or be put out by a strikeout

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