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