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EtymologyEdit

fan +‎ work

NounEdit

fanwork (countable and uncountable, plural fanworks)

  1. (architecture) Fan tracery.
    • 1911, Maurice Hewlett, The Song of Renny, Charles Scribner's Son's (1911), page 389:
      The chapel — a soaring, slender-shafted building, with fanwork upon its roof and an apse deep and pointed — seemed full of light, withal it was hung with black velvet.
    • 2008, Geoffrey Ashe, King Arthur's Avalon: The Story of Glastonbury, Sutton Press (2008), →ISBN, page 289:
      There were bits of a vaulted roof with panelled fanwork and moulded ribs, recalling the Henry VII Chapel at Westminster.
    • 2008, Leonard Ginsberg, Rhapsody on a Film by Kurosawa, Trafford Publishing (2008), →ISBN, page 48:
      Now the Grand High Witch removes her mask and wig: A hideous beak and a decrepit bodice of skin and bones, like the stone ceiling fanwork in a Gothic chamber, her blotchy scalp a moonscape fermenting cobwebs.
  2. A fan-shaped network of lines or projections.
    • 1999, Anne Marie Winston, Lovers' Reunion, Silhouette Books (1999), →ISBN, unnumbered page:
      He smiled again, easily, dimples creasing his cheeks, and a tiny fanwork of lines crinkled the corners of his dark eyes.
    • 2006, Kage Baker, The Machine's Child, Tor (2007), →ISBN, page 123:
      The bud vase lay on its side near the bush; a lacy fanwork of roots had spread out over the tabletop, following the path of the spilled water.
    • 2013, Leigh Evans, The Trouble with Fate, St. Martin's Press (2013), →ISBN, page 222:
      He had three lines running across his forehead, and a fanwork of them radiating from the corner of each eye.
    • For more examples of usage of this term, see Citations:fanwork.
  3. A creative work produced by a fan, based on a book, movie, television show, musical group, etc.
    William saw Michaela's fanwork of Powerpuff Girls, her favorite TV show of all time.
    • 2008, Tan Bee Kee, "Rewriting Gender and Sexuality in English-Language Yaoi Fanfiction", in Boys' Love Manga: Essays on the Sexual Ambiguity and Cross-Cultural Fandom of the Genre (eds. Antonia Levi, Mark McHarry & Dru Pagliassotti), McFarland & Company (2008), →ISBN, page 132:
      Fans often declare that they prefer fanon to what actually happens in canon and fanworks to the actual series, which is lackluster by comparison.
    • 2009, Emily Turner, "Scary Just Got Sexy: Transgression in Supernatural and Its Fanfiction", in In the Hunt: Unauthorized Essays on Supernatural (ed. Supernatural.tv), BenBella Books (2009), →ISBN, page 159:
      The result is a proliferation of fanworks that explore narratives of transgression as fans play with the permissibility of Supernatural's supernatural world.
    • 2010, Fan-Yi Lam, "Comic Market: How the World's Biggest Amateur Comic Fair Shaped Japanese Dōjinshi Culture", in Fanthropologies, Volume 5 (ed. Frenchy Lunning), University of Minnesota Press (2010), →ISBN, page 239:
      Other factors contributing to the increased interest in dōjinshi and in fanworks were the development of fixed otaku landmarks and the spread of computers.
    • For more examples of usage of this term, see Citations:fanwork.

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