Definitions

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  • adj. In a radial arrangement resembling a hand-held fan.
  • adv. In a fanwise manner.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In the manner or shape of a fan.
  • Having the shape or appearance of a fan.

Etymologies

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fan +‎ -wise

Examples

  • As the adventurers approached the houses, the gorilla-men behind them spread out fanwise and one of them uttered a great roar.

    The Green-Eyed Shwemyethna

  • As these diverged fanwise, and as our total number did not exceed twelve hundred fighting men, we were all soon reduced to quite small parties.

    Churchill On The Frontier - Mamund Valley

  • There it lay, sprawled out within the bowl, black tentacles spread fanwise from its bloated body, its huge black eyes staring inscrutably up into mine!

    Dwellers in the Mirage

  • I let the cold water stream fanwise through my fingers.

    The Waves

  • The count, holding his cards fanwise, kept himself with difficulty from dropping into his usual after-dinner nap, and laughed at everything.

    War and Peace

  • Little showers of corn flung out fanwise from his hand; a kindly clouded sky, with a promise of the faintest little misty rain.

    The Growth of the Soil

  • On each floor, on either side of a narrow communicating stair, opened out fanwise a range of shadowy galleries, along one of which, carrying a bolster, a chambermaid came past.

    Within a Budding Grove

  • He was an oldish man, quiet and gentle in his ways and speech; tiny wrinkles spread out fanwise from the corners of his eyes, like the traces of a thousand kindly smiles.

    Under the Autumn Star

  • At 1: 50 p.m., the admiral signaled his squadron to form a line of search spreading fanwise, east to west, fifteen miles between ships, and to head north at 10 knots.

    Castles of Steel

  • He was sliding in frantic haste, knowing that it made no difference, the rope scoring his hands—and there was her body, hair flung fanwise over the ice, almost covering the unnatural angle of the neck….

    YESTERDAY’S SON

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