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Fanwank vs. Fan

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Fanwanknoun

Explanations invented by fans (of a film franchise, television series, etc.) to gloss over mistakes in continuity.

Fannoun

A hand-held device consisting of concertinaed material, or slats of material, gathered together at one end, that may be opened out into the shape of a sector of a circle and waved back and forth in order to move air towards oneself and cool oneself.

Fanwanknoun

(fandom slang) fanservice

Fannoun

An electrical or mechanical device for moving air, used for cooling people, machinery, etc.

Fanwankverb

(fandom slang) Of fans, to invent explanations to gloss over mistakes in continuity.

Fannoun

Anything resembling a hand-held fan in shape, e.g., a peacock’s tail.

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Fannoun

An instrument for winnowing grain, by moving which the grain is tossed and agitated, and the chaff is separated and blown away.

Fannoun

A small vane or sail, used to keep the large sails of a smock windmill always in the direction of the wind.

Fannoun

(maths) A section of a tree having a finite number of branches

Fannoun

An admirer or aficionado, especially of a sport or performer; someone who is fond of something or someone.

‘I am a big fan of libraries.’;

Fanverb

(transitive) To blow air on (something) by means of a fan (hand-held, mechanical or electrical) or otherwise.

‘We enjoyed standing at the edge of the cliff, being fanned by the wind.’;

Fanverb

(transitive) To slap (a behind, especially).

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Fanverb

To move or spread in multiple directions from one point, in the shape of a hand-held fan.

Fanverb

A maneuver done by flicking the top rear of an old style gun.

Fanverb

(metaphoric) To invigorate.

Fanverb

To winnow grain.

Fannoun

An instrument used for producing artificial currents of air, by the wafting or revolving motion of a broad surface

‘Clean provender, which hath been winnowed with the shovel and with the fan.’;

Fannoun

That which produces effects analogous to those of a fan, as in exciting a flame, etc.; that which inflames, heightens, or strengthens; as, it served as a fan to the flame of his passion.

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Fannoun

A quintain; - from its form.

Fanverb

To move as with a fan.

‘The air . . . fanned with unnumbered plumes.’;

Fanverb

To cool and refresh, by moving the air with a fan; to blow the air on the face of with a fan.

Fanverb

To ventilate; to blow on; to affect by air put in motion.

‘Calm as the breath which fans our eastern groves.’;

Fanverb

To winnow; to separate chaff from, and drive it away by a current of air; as, to fan wheat.

Fanverb

To excite or stir up to activity, as a fan excites a flame; to stimulate; as, this conduct fanned the excitement of the populace.

Fannoun

a device for creating a current of air by movement of a surface or surfaces

Fannoun

an enthusiastic devotee of sports

Fannoun

an ardent follower and admirer

Fanverb

strike out (a batter), (of a pitcher)

Fanverb

make (an emotion) fiercer;

‘fan hatred’;

Fanverb

agitate the air

Fanverb

separate from chaff;

‘She stood there winnowing grain all day in the field’;

Fannoun

an apparatus with rotating blades that creates a current of air for cooling or ventilation

‘a couple of ceiling fans, lazily turning’; ‘the kitchen may need to be fitted with an extractor fan’;

Fannoun

a small sail for keeping the head of a windmill towards the wind.

Fannoun

a handheld device, typically folding and shaped like a segment of a circle when spread out, that is waved so as to cool the person holding it

‘the girls were giggling behind their fans’;

Fannoun

a thing resembling an open fan

‘fan vaulting’;

Fannoun

a fan-shaped alluvial or talus deposit at the foot of a slope

‘there are great waste fans at the foot of the Andes in the desert’;

Fannoun

a person who has a strong interest in or admiration for a particular person or thing

‘I'm a fan of this author’; ‘football fans’;

Fanverb

cool (someone or something) by waving an object to create a current of air

‘he fanned himself with his hat’;

Fanverb

(of breath or a breeze) blow gently on

‘his breath fanned her skin as he leant towards her’;

Fanverb

brush or drive away with a waving movement

‘a veil of smoke which she fanned away with a jewelled hand’;

Fanverb

swing unsuccessfully at the ball or puck

‘he had fanned 37 times in 83 at-bats’;

Fanverb

strike out (a batter)

‘Norris fanned nine batters with his screwball’;

Fanverb

increase the strength of (a fire) by blowing on it or stirring up the air near it

‘fanned by an easterly wind, the fire spread rapidly’;

Fanverb

cause (a belief or emotion) to become stronger or more widespread

‘a fury fanned by press coverage’;

Fanverb

disperse or radiate from a central point to cover a wide area

‘the arriving passengers began to fan out through the town in search of lodgings’;

Fanverb

spread out or cause to spread out into a semicircular shape

‘a wind fanned her hair out behind her’; ‘a dress made of tiny pleats that fanned out as she walked’;

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