Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of noun fan

3 senses of fan

Sense 1
fan -- (a device for creating a current of air by movement of a surface or surfaces)
       => device -- (an instrumentality invented for a particular purpose; "the device is small enough to wear on your wrist"; "a device intended to conserve water")

Sense 2
sports fan, fan, rooter -- (an enthusiastic devotee of sports)
       => enthusiast, partisan, partizan -- (an ardent and enthusiastic supporter of some person or activity)

Sense 3
fan, buff, devotee, lover -- (an ardent follower and admirer)
       => follower -- (a person who accepts the leadership of another)

Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb fan

4 senses of fan

Sense 1
fan -- (strike out (a batter), (of a pitcher))
       => strike out -- (put out or be put out by a strikeout; "Oral struck out three batters to close the inning")

Sense 2
fan -- (make (an emotion) fiercer; "fan hatred")
       => intensify, compound, heighten, deepen -- (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")

Sense 3
fan -- (agitate the air)
       => shake, agitate -- (move or cause to move back and forth; "The chemist shook the flask vigorously"; "My hands were shaking")

Sense 4
winnow, fan -- (separate the chaff from by using air currents; "She stood there winnowing chaff all day in the field")
       => sift, sieve, strain -- (separate by passing through a sieve or other straining device to separate out coarser elements; "sift the flour")

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