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Definition 1: a device for creating a current of air by movement of a surface or surfaces - [noun denoting artifact]

(fan is a kind of ...) an instrumentality invented for a particular purpose

"the device is small enough to wear on your wrist" "a device intended to conserve water"

(... is a kind of fan ) a fan run by an electric motor

(... is a kind of fan ) a fan that moves air out of an enclosure

(... is a kind of fan ) 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

(... is part of fan) equipment in a motor vehicle that cools the engine

Definition 2: an ardent follower and admirer - [noun denoting person]

Synonyms for fan in the sense of this definition

(fan is a kind of ...) a person who accepts the leadership of another

(... is a kind of fan ) a lover of aviation

(... is a kind of fan ) a serious devotee of some particular music genre or musical performer

(... is a kind of fan ) one dedicated to love and lovemaking especially one who writes about love

(... is a kind of fan ) a drunken reveller; a devotee of Bacchus

(... is a kind of fan ) an enthusiastic young fan (especially a young woman who follows rock groups around)

(... is a kind of fan ) a fan of heavy metal music

(... is a member of fan) a group of followers or enthusiasts

Definition 3: an enthusiastic devotee of sports - [noun denoting person]

Synonyms for fan in the sense of this definition

(fan is a kind of ...) an ardent and enthusiastic supporter of some person or activity

(... is a kind of fan ) a fan of bull fighting

(... is a kind of fan ) a fan of racing who watches races from the outer rail of the track

Definition 4: make (an emotion) fiercer - [verb of change]

Samples where fan or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • fan hatred

(fan is a kind of ...) make more intense, stronger, or more marked

"The efforts were intensified" "Her rudeness intensified his dislike for her" "Pot smokers claim it heightens their awareness" "This event only deepened my convictions"

Definition 5: blow away or off with a current of air - [verb of change]

Samples where fan or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • winnow chaff
  • The speaker ceased to be an amusing little gnat to be fanned away and was kicked off the forum

Synonyms for fan in the sense of this definition

(fan is a kind of ...) remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract

"remove a threat" "remove a wrapper" "Remove the dirty dishes from the table" "take the gun from your pocket" "This machine withdraws heat from the environment"

Definition 6: strike out (a batter), (of a pitcher) - [verb of contact]

(fan is a kind of ...) put out or be put out by a strikeout

"Oral struck out three batters to close the inning"

(fan belongs to category ...) a ball game played with a bat and ball between two teams of nine players; teams take turns at bat trying to score runs

"he played baseball in high school" "there was a baseball game on every empty lot" "there was a desire for National League ball in the area" "play ball!"

Definition 7: agitate the air - [verb of motion]

(fan is a kind of ...) move or cause to move back and forth

"The chemist shook the flask vigorously" "My hands were shaking"

(... is a kind of fan ) blow on

"The wind was winnowing her hair" "the wind winnowed the grass"

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