Petit instrument composé de lames légères d'ivoire, de bois, etc. qui se replient les unes sur les autres, dont la partie supérieure est recouverte de papier ou de taffetas, et dont on se sert pour s'éventer.
ETYM AS. fann, from Latin vannus fan, van for winnowing grain; cf. French van. Related to Van a winnowing machine, Winnow.
1. A device for creating a current of air by movement of a surface or surfaces.
2. An ardent follower; SYN. buff, devotee, lover, afficionado.
Fashion accessory, opening from the folded state into a semicircular shape which is held in the hand and gently moved backward and forward to create a circulation of air, cooling the holder of the fan.
Fans were introduced into Europe through trade routes from the East in the late 15th and early 16th centuries. Made of materials such as sandalwood, ivory, mother-of-pearl, tortoiseshell, feathers, silk, paper, and lace, and sometimes decorated with hand-painted designs, fans reached the height of popularity in the 18th century.
ETYM From Range: cf. French rangée.
1. The limits within which something can be effective; SYN. reach.
2. The limits of the values a function can take.
3. A variety of different things or activities.
4. A place for shooting (firing or driving) projectiles of various kinds.
5. A series of hills or mountains; SYN. mountain range, range of mountains, chain, mountain chain, chain of mountains.
6. A large tract of grassy open land on which livestock can graze.