Origin of pan

1
before 900; Middle English, Old English panne; cognate with Dutch pan, German Pfanne, Old Norse panna

Related forms

pan·ner, noun

Definition for pan (2 of 10)

pan

2
[ pahn ]
/ pɑn /

noun

the leaf of the betel.
a substance, especially betel nut or a betel-nut mixture, used for chewing.

Origin of pan

2
1610–20; < Hindi pān; compare Pali, Prakrit paṇṇa, Sanskrit parṇa leaf, betel leaf

Definition for pan (3 of 10)

pan

3
[ pan ]
/ pæn /

verb (used without object), panned, pan·ning.

to photograph or televise while rotating a camera on its vertical or horizontal axis in order to keep a moving person or object in view or allow the film to record a panorama: to pan from one end of the playing field to the other during the opening of the football game.
(of a camera) to be moved or manipulated in such a manner: The cameras panned occasionally during the scene.

verb (used with object), panned, pan·ning.

to move (a camera) in such a manner: to pan the camera across the scene.
to photograph or televise (a scene, moving character, etc.) by panning the camera.

noun

the act of panning a camera.
Also called panning shot. the filmed shot resulting from this.

Origin of pan

3
First recorded in 1920–25; shortening of panorama

Definition for pan (4 of 10)

pan

4
[ pan ]
/ pæn /

noun

a major vertical division of a wall.
a nogged panel of half-timber construction.

Origin of pan

4
1735–45; < French, Middle French: pane

Definition for pan (5 of 10)

pan

5
[ pahn ]
/ pɑn /

noun Informal.

Origin of pan

5
by shortening

Definition for pan (6 of 10)

pan

6
[ pahn ]
/ pɑn /

Definition for pan (7 of 10)

Pan

[ pan ]
/ pæn /

noun

the ancient Greek god of forests, pastures, flocks, and shepherds, represented with the head, chest, and arms of a man and the legs and sometimes the horns and ears of a goat.

Definition for pan (8 of 10)

pan-pan

[ pahn-pahn ]
/ ˈpɑnˈpɑn /

noun

an international distress signal used by shore stations to inform a ship, aircraft, etc., of something vital to its safety or to the safety of one of its passengers.
Sometimes pan [pahn] /pɑn/.

Origin of pan-pan

reduplication and alteration of French panne ‘breakdown, failure’

Definition for pan (9 of 10)

Definition for pan (10 of 10)

pan-


a combining form meaning “all,” occurring originally in loanwords from Greek (panacea; panoply), but now used freely as a general formative (panleukopenia; panorama; pantelegraph; pantheism; pantonality), and especially in terms, formed at will, implying the union of all branches of a group (Pan-Christian; Panhellenic; Pan-Slavism). The hyphen and the second capital tend with longer use to be lost, unless they are retained in order to set off clearly the component parts.
Also pant-, panto-.

Origin of pan-

< Greek pan- combining form of pâs (neuter pân) all, every, pân everything
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British Dictionary definitions for pan (1 of 6)

pan

1
/ (pæn) /

noun

verb pans, panning or panned

See also pan out

Word Origin for pan

Old English panne; related to Old Saxon, Old Norse panna, Old High German pfanna

British Dictionary definitions for pan (2 of 6)

pan

2
/ (pæn) /

verb pans, panning or panned

to move (a film camera) or (of a film camera) to be moved so as to follow a moving object or obtain a panoramic effect

noun

  1. the act of panning
  2. (as modifier)a pan shot

Word Origin for pan

C20: shortened from panoramic

British Dictionary definitions for pan (3 of 6)

pan

3

paan (pɑːn)

/ (pæn) /

noun

the leaf of the betel tree
a preparation of this leaf which is chewed, together with betel nuts and lime, in India and the East Indies

Word Origin for pan

C17: from Hindi, from Sanskrit parna feather, wing, leaf

British Dictionary definitions for pan (4 of 6)

Pan

/ (pæn) /

noun

Greek myth the god of fields, woods, shepherds, and flocks, represented as a man with a goat's legs, horns, and earsRelated adjectives: Pandean, Panic

British Dictionary definitions for pan (5 of 6)

pan-


combining form

all or everypanchromatic
including or relating to all parts or membersPan-African; pantheistic

Word Origin for pan-

from Greek pan, neuter of pas all

British Dictionary definitions for pan (6 of 6)

Pan.


abbreviation for

Panama
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Medicine definitions for pan

pan-


pref.

All:panagglutinins.
General; whole:panimmunity.
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Culture definitions for pan

Pan


The Greek god of flocks, forests, meadows, and shepherds. He had the horns and feet of a goat. Pan frolicked about the landscape, playing delightful tunes.

Note

Pan's musical instrument was a set of reed pipes, the “pipes of Pan.”

Note

According to legend, Pan was the source of scary noises in the wilderness at night. Fright at these noises was called “panic.”
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Idioms and Phrases with pan

pan


In addition to the idiom beginning with pan

  • pan out

also see:

  • flash in the pan
  • out of the frying pan
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