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Definition of Fan


  1. An instrument used for producing artificial currents of air, by the wafting or revolving motion of a broad surface
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. An instrument for winnowing grain, by moving which the grain is tossed and agitated, and the chaff is separated and blown away.
  5. Something in the form of a fan when spread, as a peacock's tail, a window, etc.
  6. A small vane or sail, used to keep the large sails of a smock windmill always in the direction of the wind.
  7. 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.
  8. A quintain; -- from its form.
  9. To move as with a fan.
  10. To cool and refresh, by moving the air with a fan; to blow the air on the face of with a fan.
  11. To ventilate; to blow on; to affect by air put in motion.
  12. To winnow; to separate chaff from, and drive it away by a current of air; as, to fan wheat.
  13. To excite or stir up to activity, as a fan axcites a flame; to stimulate; as, this conduct fanned the excitement of the populace.

Fan Quotations

I'm quite happy being myself. I'm a big fan of Jessica Lange and Jeanne Moreau, but I don't want to be anyone else.
Jacqueline Bisset

I have certain things that I stand for, certain things that I believe in, and if you don't like it and you tell me to go to hell, I think that's your God-given right as a fan. It's one of those deals where I'm that one guy who is outside of that realm of good guy, bad guy. I'm just me, and it elicits a response both positive and negative.
John Cena

I grew up in Chicago, so I've always been a Bears fan. Dad used to take me to Bears games and Cubs games. My brother used to ride me over to Lake Forest College on his Honda Supersport and we'd watch the Bears practice. I remember those guys out there as monsters - they were the biggest things I've ever seen!
Kyle Chandler

Social media is just a platform. Twitter is a very simple and immediate broadcast platform. Facebook is a very personal, when it comes to friends and when it comes to fan pages, a little bit less but still somewhat personal way to communicate.
Mark Cuban

I turned 40 on the set of the reunion show for 'Sheer Genius,' so it wasn't a hideous birthday because I had everyone on the cast and crew sing 'Happy Birthday' to me, and I won $10,000 for being the fan favorite. It was really liberating to turn 40 and realize that I felt very comfortable with myself and knew who I was.
Tabatha Coffey
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Fan Translations

fan in Dutch is aanwakkeren, aanvuren, aanzetten
fan in Italian is ventilatore, scompartimenti, ammiratore
fan in Norwegian is vifte, beundrer, kornrenser, rense
fan in Portuguese is ventilador
fan in Spanish is abanico, entusiasta
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