fan

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(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
n. fanner, blower, winnower, flabellum, ventilator; wind; informal, devotee, follower, enthusiast, supporter, rooter (sl.), addict (sl.), groupie (sl.). See activity. —v. t. blow, winnow, cool, refresh, ventilate, stir up; slang, strike out (see sports). See air, wind, agitation, refreshment.
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(Roget's IV) n.
1. [An instrument for creating currents of air]
Syn. ventilator, blower, air conditioner, cooler, thermantidote, agitator, palm leaf, forced draft, winnower, vane, flabellum, punkah (India), propeller, electric fan, Japanese fan, windmill.
2. [Anything having the shape of a fan]
Syn. vane, fin, wing, plane, blade, sector, section, face, pyramid, triangle, delta.
3. [Enthusiast]
Syn. devotee, follower, aficionado, supporter; see enthusiast 1 .
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(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus)
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n.
enthusiast, devotee, *hound, *nut, *bug, *fiend, aficionado, addict, *freak, buff, fanatic, rooter.
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n.
blower, cooler, wind machine, ventilator, air conditioner.
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(Roget's Thesaurus II) verb To move or arrange so as to cover a larger area. Also used with out: expand, extend, open (out or up), outstretch, spread, stretch, unfold, unroll. See MOVE.
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(Roget's Thesaurus II) noun 1. Informal. One who ardently admires: admirer, devotee, enthusiast, fancier, lover. See LIKE, LOVE, PRAISE. 2. Informal A person who is ardently devoted to a particular subject or activity: bug, devotee, enthusiast, fanatic, maniac, zealot. Informal: buff2, fiend. Slang: freak, nut. See CONCERN.

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