The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Fan \Fan\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Fanned; p. pr. & vb. n.
Fanning.] [Cf. OF. vanner, L. vannere. See Fan, n., Van
a winnowing machine.]
1. To move as with a fan.
The air . . . fanned with unnumbered plumes.
2. To cool and refresh, by moving the air with a fan; to blow
the air on the face of with a fan.
3. To ventilate; to blow on; to affect by air put in motion.
Calm as the breath which fans our eastern groves.
4. To winnow; to separate chaff from, and drive it away by a
current of air; as, to fan wheat. --Jer. li. 2.
5. To excite or stir up to activity, as a fan excites a
flame; to stimulate; as, this conduct fanned the
excitement of the populace.
Fanning machine, or Fanning mill, a machine for
separating seed from chaff, etc., by a blast of air; a