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fan1

fan1

 
 
pronunciation:
faen
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb, intransitive verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a hand-held device that opens out to form a triangular shape and that is used to cool the face or body by waving back and forth.
 
similar words:
palm leaf, punkah
definition 2: a mechanical apparatus, usu. driven by electricity, that creates an air current by moving several vanes or blades in rotation.
 
similar words:
air conditioning, blower, ventilator
 
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: fanned, fanning, fans
definition 1: to stir (the air) with or as though with a fan.
synonyms:
blow, winnow
similar words:
aerate, air, air-condition, ventilate
definition 2: to stir up or agitate with or as though with a fan.
He fanned the flames of anger with his speech.
synonyms:
arouse, stir
similar words:
agitate, excite, fire, foment, ignite, incite, inflame, instigate, kindle, provoke, stimulate, work
definition 3: to spread in the shape of a fan.
The bird fanned its tail.
synonyms:
unfold
similar words:
expand, open, outspread, spread, stretch, unfurl
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to spread out in the shape of an open fan (usu. fol. by out).
The troops fanned out over the battleground.
synonyms:
spread, unfold
similar words:
expand, open, outspread, stretch, unroll
definition 2: of a baseball hitter, to strike out.
derivation: fanlike (adj.)
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