verb (fan, n, ing)
- 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.
- An electrical device for moving air, used for cooling people, machinery, etc.
- Anything resembling a hand-held fan in shape, e.g., a peacock"s tail.
(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.
(intransitive) (usually to fan out) To move or spread in multiple directions from one point, in the shape of a hand-held fan.
- A pronged tool having a long straight handle, used for digging, lifting, throwing etc.
(obsolete) A gallows.
- A utensil with spikes used to put solid food into the mouth, or to hold food down while cutting.
- A tuning-fork.
- An intersection in a road or path where one road is split into two.
- A point where a waterway, such as a river, splits and goes two (or more) different directions (see image).
(chess) The simultaneous attack of two adversary pieces with one single attacking piece (especially a knight).
(computer science) A splitting-up of an existing process into itself and a child process execute, executing parts of the same program.
(computer science) An event where development of some free software or open-source software is split into two or more separate projects.
- crotch, Crotch (British usage).
- To use a fork to move food to the mouth.
(context, computer science) To spawn a new child process in some sense duplicate, duplicating the existing process.
(context, computer science) To split a (software) project into several projects.
- To kick someone in the crotch.