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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
a cricket fan (=someone who likes cricket, especially watching it)
a fan club (=for people who like a particular team, band, person etc)
▪ I used to be a member of the Take That fan club.
a sports fan (=someone who enjoys watching sport)
▪ He was a big sports fan.
be a big fan/admirer of sb/sth
devoted fans
▪ Beckham’s devoted fans
fan belt
fan club
fan fiction
▪ Most fan fiction websites acknowledge that their authors do not own the characters involved.
fan mail (=letters from fans)
▪ He gets so much fan mail he had to employ a secretary to deal with it.
fan the flames (=make them burn more by waving something in front of them)
▪ She used a large piece of card to fan the flames.
football fan (=someone who likes football a lot )
▪ Pat is a keen football fan.
rival fans/supporters
▪ There were fights between rival fans after the match.
▪ Uncle Tu was a big fan of your teacher.
▪ A big fan of the toys is Ted's young son, Sean, who attends Courtaulds' creche, in Coventry.
▪ The big fan above the door hums.
▪ John Miller, 57, is a big Frank Sinatra fan.
▪ He is a big fan of reggae music and the late Bob Marley, a follower of the Rastafarian religion.
▪ Amanda Holden is a big fan, apparently.
▪ Eric Clapton, Greg Allman and many other great guitar players were big fans of his.
▪ He became a great fan of yours after a particularly exciting performance you conducted of Belshazzar's Feast.
▪ He was a great fan of waitresses.
▪ And I was a great fan of Hank's.
▪ For half an hour, the great fan blows, and iron melts, gathering at the base of the furnace.
▪ I am a great fan of rave music yet the lyrics have never made me want to try the drug.
▪ Last week Couples left his clubs in the bag, relaxed and watched basketball, of which he is a great fan.
▪ The old-money set was not Mrs Hancock's greatest fan.
▪ Anyway, my father and his theatrical consortium have always been great fans of Trumpton.
▪ Aside from the band itself, an interesting aspect of Neon Prophet is its fan base.
▪ Her relentless touring and razor-sharp musical skills are widening her fan base.
▪ I believe that if an act wants to run a fan club, it should be a service rather than a profit-making enterprise.
▪ Selena was murdered by the president of her fan club last March 31.
▪ In just the few seconds that it took Roebuck to de-rail Shelford, a whole new Marty Roebuck fan club was born.
▪ Now if only there was an okonomiyaki fan club!
▪ Of these some 6,000 are members of a fan club. 18.
▪ When all that failed, the fan club began to reach out to feel him, shake his hand.
▪ But Dolan and Burgess have not signed up for the fan club.
▪ Pat is a keen football fan.
▪ Pittsburgh women have always been astute football fans.
▪ A keen football fan, he attended Dinamo's first leg 2-1 win and met with Linfield chairman David Campbell.
▪ It caused outrage around the world among politicians, football fans and administrators.
▪ But on the biggest beer drinking day of the year, some football fans will reach for a nonalcoholic beer.
▪ Or both. Football fans were smiling for obvious reasons.
▪ Michael Aspel: I've only once in my life written a fan letter to a film star.
▪ Next up could be photos in teen magazines and fan letters.
▪ He received 2,000 fan letters a week and, when filming, had no less than 18 stand-ins lined up.
▪ When I began writing a column for the Oakland Tribune in 1963, one of my first fan letters was from Caen.
▪ Mlle Bernardi wasn't forgotten in the excitement; she received a reported 50,000 fan letters.
▪ At any rate, the programme drew a large and regular fan mail.
▪ Q: Do you read all your fan mail?
▪ She tells him For Women have been swamped with fan mail and want to do a contemporary shoot.
▪ Q: Do you get fan mail, and do you answer it?
▪ He is happy to receive fan mail at the following address:.
▪ The Barf-O-Rama Web site has generated fan mail from kids eager to share their own gross tales.
▪ He also apologizes for not reading all his fan mail, which requires a staff of five.
▪ The most important element is, though, the one most often overlooked: the man is obviously a music fan.
▪ All in all, it was a lousy year for music fans.
▪ As the political winds shifted in the early 1990s, newly liberated music fans went for Western idols such as Whitney Houston.
▪ This diversity has enabled the festival to attract celebrity music fans, too.
▪ The song has to be considered at best lame by any music fan exercising normal powers of discretion.
▪ Acoustic and folk music fans are familiar with her 20-year span of live performance and recorded works.
▪ Cool jazz, as it was called, was smart stuff but quite accessible to music fans who knew little about jazz.
▪ Dear old staid, conservative, non-violent Britain. Soccer fans were its contribution to the global tradition of random violence.
▪ After numerous false starts, attendance figures hint that long-suffering soccer fans might finally have something to be excited about.
▪ After more enquiries, a devout soccer fan gave me a selection to read.
▪ And they were real soccer fans who were really into the game, standing and yelling.
▪ Claimants include families of the 95 soccer fans killed in the 1989 Hillsborough disaster - some expecting cheques this week.
▪ I open all the windows in my bedroom and turn on the ceiling fan.
▪ Showered, under the ceiling fan in his room at the Coligny, Converse woke to the telephone.
▪ In the first moments of waking, he looks up in puzzlement at the aged ceiling fan revolving above his bed.
▪ Comfort is the reason old-fashioned ceiling fans have been making a comeback, especially during the last decade.
▪ If you have some air-conditioning, ceiling fans can make it feel like you have more.
▪ And if you have central air, ceiling fans can help you use it more efficiently.
▪ In the winter, reversible ceiling fans can help circulate warm air and make furnace use more efficient.
▪ The Del Mar also needed more ceiling insulation, ventilation fans and dozens of new refrigerators and stoves.
▪ On the proximal arm segment the arm spines meet midradially forming a single fan.
▪ It grows to seven feet, and its flower heads, whitish and forming a fan shape, appear in October.
▪ There are 4-5 smooth arm spines, the proximal ones well separated midradially, not forming a fan.
▪ The arm spines do not form a fan on the proximal joints.
▪ They do not form a fan on proximal arm segments.
▪ There are 7-8 finely rugose and flattened arm spines proximally 5-6 distally; not forming a fan on the proximal arm joints.
▪ In some specimens the arm spines form a fan on the proximal arm segment.
▪ Eventually, they got to the part of the story where they found Sandoz, and the shit hit the proverbial fan.
▪ And then it hit the fan.
▪ The famous stuff hit the fan.
▪ So the shit really is hitting the fan.
▪ I may have hit the Mel Sterland fan club here.
▪ None of this national resentment will really hit the Marlins fans.
▪ Creed assumed these people had flown as soon as the soft stuff had hit the fan.
armchair traveller/fan etc
▪ The armchair traveller for whom you are shooting these pictures does not want to visualize paradise under cloud.
▪ The first figures hint that armchair fans aren't rushing out to buy dishes because of the new football contract.
the shit hits the fan
▪ The shit really hit the fan when Andy saw the phone bill.
Fans of Sylvester Stallone will enjoy this movie.
▪ a beautiful, delicate Japanese fan
▪ a football fan
▪ I'm not much of a basketball fan, but I love baseball.
▪ Leeds fans howled in anguish as Arsenal scored another goal.
▪ Over 200 British football fans were sent home after the violence in Rimini.
▪ Thousands of fans came to hear Oasis play.
▪ Thousands of fans queued to buy tickets.
▪ But he played splendid golf, which at least kept his fans in good spirits.
▪ Earnhardt's death seems to have spawned a touch of indifference among the legions of loyal stock car racing fans.
▪ I couldnt tell if it was Soton fans joining in the appreciation, or just Leeds fans everywhere.
▪ Once, he threw a baseball in the stands that struck a fan in the chest.
▪ Seating around the perimeter of the oval would allow fans a panoramic view over the entire track.
▪ This doubles the time the fans show little consideration.
▪ Those irate fans, however, may be mollified if the committee continues to deal consistently with all such offenders.
▪ Their efforts were hampered by recent dry weather and moderate winds fanning the flames.
▪ As they toured the country showing the fruits of seismic tomography, they fanned the flames of interest in this new technique.
▪ The work of the modern quantum chemist has helped to fan the flames of this debate.
▪ Widespread fires generate their own wind, which fan the flames into devastating firestorms.
▪ But the fact is that the very lack of evidence seems to fan the flames of suspicion.
▪ Meanwhile, Spong, who fanned the flames of the debate in 1988 when he ordained the Rev.
▪ In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, enlightened despotism, secularism, nationalism and liberalism had all fanned the flames.
▪ That should be enough time to fan the flames of an all-out, old-fashioned quarterback squabble.
▪ Gina fanned herself with a newspaper.
▪ If the bird fans its tail and has a shiny black breast color, it's a male.
▪ Some politicians are deliberately fanning nationalist emotions.
▪ As they toured the country showing the fruits of seismic tomography, they fanned the flames of interest in this new technique.
▪ Haverford fanned himself with his panama hat and wheezed like a rusty concertina.
▪ Having skirted the mire itself without success, the search-party fanned out to cover a wider area, calling Horatia's name.
▪ I slid down in my bed, my hair fanning out over the headboard like a thick black fringe.
▪ So they fan off the loose and close down the spaces for the fly-half or blind-side winger.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Fan \Fan\ (f[a^]n), n. [AS. fann, fr. L. vannus fan, van for winnowing grain; cf. F. van. Cf. Van a winnowing machine, Winnow.]

  1. An instrument used for producing artificial currents of air, by the wafting or revolving motion of a broad surface; as:

    1. 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.

    2. (Mach.) 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.

    3. An instrument for winnowing grain, by moving which the grain is tossed and agitated, and the chaff is separated and blown away.

    4. Something in the form of a fan when spread, as a peacock's tail, a window, etc.

    5. A small vane or sail, used to keep the large sails of a smock windmill always in the direction of the wind.

      Clean provender, which hath been winnowed with the shovel and with the fan.
      --Is. xxx. 24.

  2. 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.

  3. A quintain; -- from its form. [Obs.]

    Fan blower, a wheel with vanes fixed on a rotating shaft inclosed in a case or chamber, to create a blast of air (fan blast) for forge purposes, or a current for draft and ventilation; a fanner.

    Fan cricket (Zo["o]l.), a mole cricket.

    Fan light (Arch.), a window over a door; -- so called from the semicircular form and radiating sash bars of those windows which are set in the circular heads of arched doorways.

    Fan shell (Zo["o]l.), any shell of the family Pectinid[ae]. See Scallop, n., 1.

    Fan tracery (Arch.), the decorative tracery on the surface of fan vaulting.

    Fan vaulting (Arch.), an elaborate system of vaulting, in which the ribs diverge somewhat like the rays of a fan, as in Henry VII.'s chapel in Westminster Abbey. It is peculiar to English Gothic.

    Fan wheel, the wheel of a fan blower.

    Fan window. Same as Fan light (above).

    electric fan. a fan having revolving blades for propelling air, powered by an electric motor.


Fan \Fan\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Fanned; p. pr. & vb. n. Fanning.] [Cf. OF. vanner, L. vannere. See Fan, n., Van a winnowing machine.]

  1. To move as with a fan.

    The air . . . fanned with unnumbered plumes.

  2. To cool and refresh, by moving the air with a fan; to blow the air on the face of with a fan.

  3. To ventilate; to blow on; to affect by air put in motion.

    Calm as the breath which fans our eastern groves.

  4. To winnow; to separate chaff from, and drive it away by a current of air; as, to fan wheat.
    --Jer. li. 2.

  5. To excite or stir up to activity, as a fan excites a flame; to stimulate; as, this conduct fanned the excitement of the populace.

    Fanning machine, or Fanning mill, a machine for separating seed from chaff, etc., by a blast of air; a fanner.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

device to make an air current, Old English fann (West Saxon) "a basket or shovel for winnowing grain" (by tossing it in the air), from Latin vannus, perhaps related to ventus "wind" (see wind (n.1)), or from PIE root *wet- (1) "to blow" (also "to inspire, spiritually arouse;" see wood (adj.)).\n

\nThe chaff, being lighter, would blow off. Sense of "device for moving air" first recorded late 14c.; the hand-held version is first attested 1550s. A fan-light (1819) was shaped like a lady's fan. The automobile's fan-belt is from 1909. Fan-dance is from 1872 in a Japanese context; by 1937 as a type of burlesque performance.


"devotee," 1889, American English, originally of baseball enthusiasts, probably a shortening of fanatic, but it may be influenced by the fancy, a collective term for followers of a certain hobby or sport (especially boxing); see fancy (n.). There is an isolated use from 1682, but the modern word likely is a late 19c. formation. Fan mail attested from 1920, in a Hollywood context; Fan club attested by 1930.\n\nBefore the close of the republic, an enthusiastic partisan of one of the factions in the chariot races flung himself upon the pile on which the body of a favourite coachman was consumed, and perished in the flames.

[Lecky, "European Morals"]


late Old English fannian "to winnow (grain)," from the noun (see fan (n.1)). Meaning "to stir up air" is from early 15c. Baseball sense of "strike out (a batter)" is by 1909. Related: Fanned; fanning. To fan out "spread out like a hand-held fan," is from 1590s.


Etymology 1 n. 1 A hand-held device consisting of concertinaed material, or slats of material, gathered together at one end, that may be opened out into the shape of a sector of a circle and waved back and forth in order to move air towards oneself and cool oneself. 2 An electrical device for moving air, used for cooling people, machinery, etc. 3 Anything resembling a hand-held fan in shape, e.g., a peacock’s tail. 4 An instrument for winnowing grain, by moving which the grain is tossed and agitated, and the chaff is separated and blown away. 5 A small vane or sail, used to keep the large sails of a smock windmill always in the direction of the wind. vb. 1 (context transitive English) To blow air on (something) by means of a fan (hand-held, mechanical or electrical) or otherwise. 2 (context transitive English) To slap (a behind, especially). 3 (context intransitive usually '''to fan out''' English) To move or spread in multiple directions from one point, in the shape of a hand-held fan. Etymology 2

n. An admirer or aficionado, especially of a sport or performer; someone who is fond of something or someone; an admirer.

  1. n. a device for creating a current of air by movement of a surface or surfaces

  2. an enthusiastic devotee of sports [syn: sports fan]

  3. an ardent follower and admirer [syn: buff, devotee, lover]

  4. [also: fanning, fanned]

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

  2. make (an emotion) fiercer; "fan hatred"

  3. agitate the air

  4. separate from chaff; "She stood there winnowing grain all day in the field" [syn: winnow]

  5. [also: fanning, fanned]

Fan (person)

A fan, or fanatic, sometimes also called aficionado or supporter, is a person who is enthusiastically devoted to something or somebody, such as a band, a sports team, a genre, a book, a movie or an entertainer. Collectively, the fans of a particular object or person constitute its fanbase or fandom. They may show their enthusiasm in a variety of ways, such as by promoting the object of their interest, being members of a fan club, holding or participating in fan conventions, or writing fan mail. They may also engage in creative activities (" fan labor") such as creating fanzines, writing fan fiction, making memes or drawing fan art.

Fan (surname)

Fan is a transliteration for some Chinese family names, of which the most common ones are 范 and 樊 .

Fan (song)

"Fan" is a 2003 song recorded by French singer and composer Pascal Obispo. Written by Lionel Florence who had previously worked for many notable artists, the song is a tribute to great artists, particularly Michel Polnareff. Released on March 14, 2003, as the lead single of the album of the same name, "Fan" achieved great success in France and Belgium (Wallonia), becoming to date Obispo's first number-one hit and his most successful single in terms of chart peak positions. The song was also performed during the singer's next tours and was thus included on the albums Studio Fan / Live Fan (2004) and Les Fleurs de Forest (2007).

The CD single was released in many editions with various art cover showing Obispo portraying many artists such as Robert De Niro, Freddie Mercury and Marilyn Monroe. In France, the single went straight to number-one on 1 June 2003, and almost didn't stop to drop the weeks after, totalling eight weeks in the top ten, 18 weeks in the top 50 and 27 weeks in the top 100. As of August 2014, it was the 108th best-selling single of the 21st century in France, with 292,000 units sold.

Fan (river)

The Fan is a river in northern Albania. It is formed by the confluence of two source rivers: the Great Fan and the Little Fan , that join a few km west of the town Rrëshen.

The Great Fan rises near the village Kryezi, Qafë-Mali municipal unit, in the Shkodër County. It flows generally southwest through Fushë-Arrëz and Gjegjan. The Little Fan rises near the village Thirrë, in the municipal unit Fan, Mirditë municipality, Lezhë County. It flows southwest through Reps ( Orosh) and just north of Rrëshen. West of Rrëshen the two source rivers unite and the Fan continues west to Rubik, and then south until its outflow into the river Mat, east of Milot.


Fan or fans may refer to:

Fan (film)

Fan is a 2016 Indian thriller film directed by Maneesh Sharma and featuring Shah Rukh Khan in the lead role. The film is produced by Aditya Chopra under the banner of Yash Raj Films, and tells the story of an obsessive fan of a star who looks just like the star. The soundtrack album and original score are composed by Vishal–Shekhar and Andrea Guerra respectively. The film was released on 15 April 2016. Made on a budget of 850 million, the film collected 792.5 million in India and 613.5 million from overseas territories.

Usage examples of "fan".

The reply of those who opposed the adjournment was that the condition of public affairs did actually tend to revolution, and that instead of fanning the popular excitement by remaining in session, Congress would be thus most wisely allaying the fears which had entered the minds of so large a number of the people.

No adzes made of the local tridacna shell, such as were used on most inhabited atolls, were found on Fanning.

Who, soothed to false repose by the fanning plumes above And the music-stirring motion of its soft and busy feet, Dream visions of aereal joy, and call the monster, Love, And wake, and find the shadow Pain, as he whom now we greet.

With a howl from the fan room aft, the huge displacement blower began blowing the ballast tanks dry.

If aw fan misen teed to a thing, At could work, ait an live, withaat brains.

While they waited for permission, Alameda reached for her coverall zipper and pulled it down a few inches and fanned her face.

Rather than stay with the simple pop-music formula of their early work, the period of Beatlemania, they pushed the boundaries of their music, making each album more complex than the one before, although never enough to alienate the fans.

The Beatles, or the White Album as fans usually call it, was eagerly awaited: how could they top Sgt.

An amine solution pump came on, a vent fan winding up in the space, whirring quietly in the otherwise church like quiet.

I had worn during our visit to the Ancestress, and the silver belt with the jade trim and the gold-spattered fan.

Fan, there was no way we had the stamina or physical aptitude to carry on.

There was no question of his plane having been engulfed: in those initial stages, according to observers, there had been only an inch or two ofwater fanning out over the airfield but that had been enough to make the Fokker aquaplane with disastrous results.

But despite the glow of a thousand candles and Argand lamps, he saw nothing but flashes of fans and trains and white slippers.

He minced off giving the menu a flap as if to fan his face, and I followed him, back towards the car-park, then through a timber back-door and into a functional corridor.

When removed from the mould, garnish with chopped aspic and fans cut from gherkins and lettuce.