The wind whipped the fountain jet, and a fanlike cloud of spray drifted off across the asphalt.
Why—it was a slender palm-tree, which stretched its fanlike foliage over her!
Applehead, glancing often behind him, scowled over the puzzle of that fanlike formation of riders.
They spread thence, in fanlike fashion, from Laos to Assam, and the middle section ultimately descended the Menam to the sea.
It clucked at Bob, but refused to move faster, lifting its feet deliberately and spreading its fanlike tail.
“Good-night,” said Roy, and two fanlike swings of the misty column told that it was over.
A wind-whipped cloud of steam and smoke burst up, fanlike, beyond the edge of the roof.
Below it are three ornamental pots with blooming rose-trees in them, backed by a fanlike screen of fair white paper.
Almost as if at a signal a red puffball burst among the fanlike growths.
And she spread out, fanlike, a mass of photographs, picturing much younger faces.
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.
"devotee," 1889, American English, originally of baseball enthusiasts, probably a shortening of fanatic, but may be influenced by the fancy, a collective term for followers of a certain hobby or sport (especially boxing); see fancy. There is an isolated use from 1682, but the modern word is likely a late 19c. formation. Fan club attested by 1930.
late Old English fannian "to winnow grain," from the noun (see fan (n.1)). Meaning "to stir up air" is from early 15c. Related: Fanned; fanning. To fan out "spread out like a hand-held fan," is from 1590s.
a winnowing shovel by which grain was thrown up against the wind that it might be cleansed from broken straw and chaff (Isa. 30:24; Jer. 15:7; Matt. 3:12). (See AGRICULTURE.)