- a long-handled, covered pan, usually of brass, filled with live coals or hot water for warming a cold bed.
Origin of warming pan
First recorded in 1565–75
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Examples from the Web for warming pan
Every bowl, tray, warming-pan, and piggin has gone to the mines.The Exploring Expedition to the Rocky Mountains, Oregon and California
Brevet Col. J.C. Fremont
"And can never, of course, require a warming-pan," remarked Frank.
Then she put in some glowing coals, and told Harry that the warming-pan was ready.
Why, gentlemen, who does trouble himself about a warming-pan?The Law and Lawyers of Pickwick
It was a large watch of the double-cased “warming-pan” tribe.The Walrus Hunters
- a pan, often of copper and having a long handle, filled with hot coals or hot water and formerly drawn over the sheets to warm a bed
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