Fan

Fan

(?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Fanned (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Fanning (?).] [Cf. OF. vanner, L. vannere. See Fan, n., Van a winnowing machine.] 1. To move as with a fan.
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The air . . . fanned with unnumbered plumes.
Milton.
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2. To cool and refresh, by moving the air with a fan; to blow the air on the face of with a fan.
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3. To ventilate; to blow on; to affect by air put in motion.
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Calm as the breath which fans our eastern groves.
Dryden.
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4. To winnow; to separate chaff from, and drive it away by a current of air; as, to fan wheat. Jer. li. 2.
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5. To excite or stir up to activity, as a fan excites a flame; to stimulate; as, this conduct fanned the excitement of the populace.
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Fanning machine, or Fanning mill, a machine for separating seed from chaff, etc., by a blast of air; a fanner.
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