fan ( fans plural & 3rd person present) ( fanning present participle) ( fanned past tense & past participle )
1 n-count If you are a fan of someone or something, especially a famous person or a sport, you like them very much and are very interested in them.
usu n N, N of n
As a boy he was a Manchester United fan..., I am a great fan of rave music.
2 n-count A fan is a flat object that you hold in your hand and wave in order to move the air and make yourself feel cooler.
3 verb If you fan yourself or your face when you are hot, you wave a fan or other flat object in order to make yourself feel cooler.
She would have to wait in the truck, fanning herself with a piece of cardboard... V pron-refl
Mo kept bringing me out refreshments and fanning me as it was that hot. V n
4 n-count A fan is a piece of electrical or mechanical equipment with blades that go round and round. It keeps a room or machine cool or gets rid of unpleasant smells.
oft supp N
He cools himself in front of an electric fan., ...an extractor fan.
5 verb If you fan a fire, you wave something flat next to it in order to make it burn more strongly. If a wind fans a fire, it blows on it and makes it burn more strongly.
During the afternoon, hot winds fan the flames. V n
6 verb If someone fans an emotion such as fear, hatred, or passion, they deliberately do things to make people feel the emotion more strongly.
He said students were fanning social unrest with their violent protests. V n
to fan the flames →
the shit hit the fan →
shit fan out phrasal verb If a group of people or things fan out, they move forwards away from a particular point in different directions.
(=spread out) The main body of British, American, and French troops had fanned out to the west... V P
fan belt ( fan belts plural ) In a car engine, the fan belt is the belt that drives the fan which keeps the engine cool. n-count
fan club ( fan clubs plural ) A fan club is an organized group of people who all admire the same person or thing, for example a pop singer or pop group. Members of the fan club receive information and can take part in activities such as trips to concerts. n-count