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English noun: fan

1. fan (artifact) a device for creating a current of air by movement of a surface or surfaces

Broader (hypernym)device

Narrower (hyponym)blower, electric fan, exhaust fan, punkah

Part meronymcooling system, engine cooling system

2. fan (person) an enthusiastic devotee of sports

Synonymsrooter, sports fan

Broader (hypernym)enthusiast, partisan, partizan

Narrower (hyponym)aficionado, railbird

3. fan (person) an ardent follower and admirer

Synonymsbuff, devotee, lover

Broader (hypernym)follower

Narrower (hyponym)aerophile, aficionado, amorist, bacchanal, bacchant, groupie, metalhead

Member meronymfollowers, following

English verb: fan

1. fan (contact) strike out (a batter), (of a pitcher)

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)strike out

Domain categorybaseball, baseball game

2. fan (change) make (an emotion) fiercer

SamplesFan hatred.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)compound, deepen, heighten, intensify

3. fan (motion) agitate the air

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)agitate, shake

Narrower (hyponym)winnow

4. fan (contact) separate the chaff from by using air currents

SamplesShe stood there winnowing chaff all day in the field.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)sieve, sift, strain

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