Also known as Thrinax microcarpa. A small palm native to Florida and the Caribbean.

Branch of Brittle Thatch Palm

Also known as Thrinax microcarpa. A small palm native to Florida and the Caribbean.

A cartoon of a man being blown away by an electric fan.

Cartoon of Man Being Blown Away by Fan

A cartoon of a man being blown away by an electric fan.

This blower has a drum consisting of two side plates and a series of partition plates curved in a cross section. The fan is usually long in relation to the diameter.

Centrifugal Blower

This blower has a drum consisting of two side plates and a series of partition plates curved in a cross…

This chair features a mechanical system that spins an idler gear while the user is rocking back and forth to propel a fan located above the users headrest

Automatic Fan for Rocking Chair

This chair features a mechanical system that spins an idler gear while the user is rocking back and…

Also known as Washingtonia filifera. A palm tree native to the desert oases of the southwest United States.

Branch of Desert Fan Palm

Also known as Washingtonia filifera. A palm tree native to the desert oases of the southwest United…

An illustration of a small dog holding a fan with its tail.

Dog with Fan

An illustration of a small dog holding a fan with its tail.

A young girl playing dress up. She is wearing a dress that looks to be from Colonial times. She is holding a paper fan, a coin purse, and is wearing glasses.

Young Girl Playing Dress-up

A young girl playing dress up. She is wearing a dress that looks to be from Colonial times. She is holding…

The Mandarin duck, also known as the Chinese teal and the fan-tail duck, is domesticated in China and Japan.

Mandarin Duck

The Mandarin duck, also known as the Chinese teal and the fan-tail duck, is domesticated in China and…

"The form of Dumoutier is merely a refinement on the Montreuil method. The formation of the tree commences with the inferior limbs and proceeds towards the center, he branches being lowered from time to time as the tree acquires strength. What is most worthy of notice in this method is the management of the subordinates in the pruning for fruit." — Encyclopedia Britannica, 1893

Dumontier's Fan

"The form of Dumoutier is merely a refinement on the Montreuil method. The formation of the tree commences…

"Fan Training." — Encyclopedia Britannica, 1893

Fan Training

"Fan Training." — Encyclopedia Britannica, 1893

"A Fan is an instrument used by ladies to agitate the air, and cool the face, in warm weather; hence, anything in the form of a woman's fan when spread; as, the fan of a peacock's tail, etc."—(Charles Leonard-Stuart, 1911)

17th Century French Fan

"A Fan is an instrument used by ladies to agitate the air, and cool the face, in warm weather; hence,…

"A Fan is an instrument used by ladies to agitate the air, and cool the face, in warm weather; hence, anything in the form of a woman's fan when spread; as, the fan of a peacock's tail, etc."—(Charles Leonard-Stuart, 1911)

18th Century Spanish Shell Fan

"A Fan is an instrument used by ladies to agitate the air, and cool the face, in warm weather; hence,…

This lady's fan is ornamented with scrolls and figures all throughout.

Lady's Fan

This lady's fan is ornamented with scrolls and figures all throughout.

This lady's fan is ornamented with scrolls of leaves and flowers.

Lady's Fan

This lady's fan is ornamented with scrolls of leaves and flowers.

Any of various devices consisting essentially of a series of radiating vanes or blades attached to and revolving with a central hublike portion to produce a current of air: ceiling fan; wall fan.

Vane Fan

Any of various devices consisting essentially of a series of radiating vanes or blades attached to and…

"Pruning for a Fan-Shaped Tree." — Encyclopedia Britannica, 1893

Fan-Shaped Pruning

"Pruning for a Fan-Shaped Tree." — Encyclopedia Britannica, 1893

"Pruning for a Fan-Shaped Tree, Third Year." — Encyclopedia Britannica, 1893

Fan-Shaped Pruning

"Pruning for a Fan-Shaped Tree, Third Year." — Encyclopedia Britannica, 1893

"Pruning for a Fan-Shaped Tree, Fourth Year." — Encyclopedia Britannica, 1893

Fan-Shaped Pruning

"Pruning for a Fan-Shaped Tree, Fourth Year." — Encyclopedia Britannica, 1893

Three fans.

Three Fans

Three fans.

A fan used in Catholic liturgies to keep insects away from the bread and wine.

Liturgical Flabellum

A fan used in Catholic liturgies to keep insects away from the bread and wine.

A fan used in Catholic liturgies to keep insects away from the bread and wine.

Papal Flabellum

A fan used in Catholic liturgies to keep insects away from the bread and wine.

Hat featuring top central fan for ventilation.

Ventilated Hat

Hat featuring top central fan for ventilation.

"A cook roasting a goose; he holds the spit with one hand, and blows the fire with a fan held in the other. A second person is cutting up joints of meat and putting them into the pot, which is boiling close at hand." — Goodrich, 1844

Egyptian kitchen

"A cook roasting a goose; he holds the spit with one hand, and blows the fire with a fan held in the…

A lady sitting on a chair, fanning herself.

Lady

A lady sitting on a chair, fanning herself.

A leaf in the shape of a fan.

Fan-Shaped Leaf

A leaf in the shape of a fan.

"Modified Fan Training." — Encyclopedia Britannica, 1893

Modified Fan Training

"Modified Fan Training." — Encyclopedia Britannica, 1893

"The Montreuil form of training. The principal feature is the suppression of the direct channel of the sap, and the substitution of for or more commonly two mother branches, so laid to the wall that the central angle contains about 90 degrees. The other branches are all treated as subordinate members. This form is open to the objection that, if the under branch should die, the upper one cannot be brought down into its place." — Encyclopedia Britannica, 1893

Montreuil Fan

"The Montreuil form of training. The principal feature is the suppression of the direct channel of the…

This image depicts citizens along a narrow road in Spain. A woman rests in chair while donkeys walk on the other side of the road.

Narrow Street in Spain

This image depicts citizens along a narrow road in Spain. A woman rests in chair while donkeys walk…

A machine using an electric motor to rotate thin, rigid vanes in order to move air, as for cooling.

Fan Propeller

A machine using an electric motor to rotate thin, rigid vanes in order to move air, as for cooling.

"In the family of the Gorgonidae the substance of the polypidom is collected into a solid central axis, covered by the fleshy mass in which the polypes are imbedded. The axis is cometimes calcareous, sometimes horny; in certain casees it is formed of a series of joints united by horny rings. Many species grow in a more or less aborescent form, of which the <em>Sea-Fans</em> are an example." &mdash; Goodrich, 1859

Sea-fan

"In the family of the Gorgonidae the substance of the polypidom is collected into a solid central axis,…

"The Sea-fan (<em>gorgonia cavolinii</em>)." &mdash;Encyclopedia Britannica, 1910

Sea-fan

"The Sea-fan (gorgonia cavolinii)." —Encyclopedia Britannica, 1910

"The sea-fan (Gorgonia cavolinii)." &mdash; The Encyclopedia Britannica, 1910

Sea-fan

"The sea-fan (Gorgonia cavolinii)." — The Encyclopedia Britannica, 1910

"Mr. Seymour's form approaches more nearly to the French method than any other practised in England, but the direct channel of the sap is not suppressed. It will be seen that the bearing shoots are all on the upper side of the mother branches, and that these bearing shoots are wholly reproduced once a year." &mdash; Encyclopedia Britannica, 1893

Seymour's Fan

"Mr. Seymour's form approaches more nearly to the French method than any other practised in England,…

A species of palm native to southern Florida and Cuba.

Branch of Thrinax Keyensis

A species of palm native to southern Florida and Cuba.