fanning fanning  /ˈfæ nɪŋ/


  1. (n) a device for creating a current of air by movement of a surface or surfaces
  2. (n) an enthusiastic devotee of sports
  3. (n) an ardent follower and admirer
  4. (v) strike out (a batter), (of a pitcher)
  5. (v) make (an emotion) fiercer
  6. (v) agitate the air
  7. (v) separate the chaff from by using air currents

Derived Word(s)


  • With the largest buildup in the Gulf since the start of this Iraq war, it's actually fanning it.


  1. Cahill K's 10 but loses 2-1 to Padres

    Arizona right-hander Trevor Cahill tied his career-high with his 10th strikeout by fanning Will Venable for the second out of the sixth inning with the bases loaded.
    on June 15, 2013     Source: Seattle Times

  2. UND law marks a first with tribal court externship

    GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) - For the first time, one of the University of North Dakota law school students fanning out to summer externships with judges, courts and other parts of the legal system will join a tribal court, at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation.
    on June 14, 2013     Source: WDAY 6 Fargo

  3. Dakota Fanning Not Collaborating with Rodarte

    Dakota Fanning answers a phone call on her way to a meeting in Los Angeles on Wednesday afternoon (June 12). Just the day before, the 19-year-old actress was spotted heading to her gym for her daily workout. PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Dakota Fanning Rumors of Dakota and her actress sister Elle collaborating [...]
    on June 14, 2013     Source: Just Jared Jr.


  1. "It is reckless to use these incidents as media vehicles for political gain," Cantor said. "That is why I have deep concerns that some - DCCC Chairman Chris Van Hollen, and DNC Chairman Tim Kaine, in particular - are dangerously fanning the...
    on Mar 25, 2010 By: Eric Cantor Source: Seattle Times

  2. "I did want to clear this one up because, you know, this is a very very sensitive subject. The irony is that we did want to try and set the right tone on the show. And then something like this happens, and it just starts fanning the flames,"...
    on Apr 18, 2007 By: Simon Cowell Source: CNN

  3. "The heat was so terrible, it wore you down," Pou said. "We were trying to keep the patients comfortable. The 9-year-old daughter of one of the nurses even took shifts fanning them."
    on Jul 20, 2008 By: Dr Anna Pou Source: International Herald Tribune

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