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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR FANS

And with what coquetry he fans himself; how he dances and skips about!

You must hear her fans on your instruments; you can see how we're pitchin'!

He then shewed me some fans he had done, and I thought them most beautiful.

The fans who watch the game of life despise the sluggard in the strife.

The CAA aircar slowed to a halt, its fans died, and it settled to its wheels.

Could you tell the Telly fans what this is all about, Marshal Cogswell?

Straw carpet, or matting, and fans for export are also important exports.

The silence was only broken by the clacking of the fans in the saloon.

It is needless to say how pronounced a hit this made with the “fans” of both sexes.

The fans of a windmill caught the sun and flashed it back to the travelers.

WORD ORIGIN

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, related to ventus "wind" (see wind (n.1)).

The 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.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR FANS

audience

noungroup observing an entertainment or sporting event
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