a broad, shallow container of metal, usually having sides flaring outward toward the top, used in various forms for frying, baking, washing, etc.
any similar receptacle or part, as the scales of a balance.
the amount a pan holds or can hold; panful: a pan of shelled peas.
any of various open or closed containers used in industrial or mechanical processes.
a container in which silver ores are ground and amalgamated.
a container in which gold or other heavy, valuable metals are separated from gravel or other substances by agitation with water.
a drifting piece of flat, thin ice, as formed on a shore or bay.
a natural depression in the ground, as one containing water, mud, or mineral salts.
a similar depression made artificially, as for evaporating salt water to make salt.
(in old guns) the depressed part of the lock, holding the priming.
Also pan·ning . an unfavorable review, critique, or appraisal: The show got one rave and three pans.
Slang. the face.
Informal. to criticize severely, as in a review of a play.
to wash (gravel, sand, etc.) in a pan to separate gold or other heavy, valuable metal.
to separate (gold or other heavy, valuable metal) from gravel or sand in this way.
to cook or bake in a pan.
to wash gravel, sand, etc., in a pan in seeking gold or the like.
to yield gold or the like, as gravel washed in a pan.
pan out, Informal. to turn out, especially successfully: The couple's reconciliation just didn't pan out.
- pan·ner, noun
Other definitions for pan (2 of 8)
to film, photograph, or televise something with the camera fixed in place and pivoted horizontally left or right, in order to keep a moving person or object in view or to capture a wide view: They usually pan from one end of the playing field to the other during the opening of the football game.
(of a camera) to be pivoted horizontally to the right or left from a fixed place in order to keep a moving person or object in view or to capture a wide view: The cameras panned occasionally during the scene.
to pivot (a camera) on its horizontal axis in order to follow a moving person or thing, or to capture an extended view: to pan the camera across the scene.
to photograph, film, or televise (a scene, moving character, etc.) by pivoting the camera on its horizontal axis:pan the skyline.
Audio. to direct (a signal output) to one of the speakers in a sound system, to a point between speakers, or, especially, through a continuum from one side to the other to create the impression that the source is moving: They gradually panned the vocal recording from the right to the left channel as the song progressed.
the act of pivoting a camera, which is fixed in place, to the left or right.
Also called panning shot . the filmed shot resulting from this.
Other definitions for pan (3 of 8)
a major vertical division of a wall.
a nogged panel of half-timber construction.
Other definitions for pan (4 of 8)
the leaf of the betel.
a substance, especially betel nut or a betel-nut mixture, used for chewing.
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Other definitions for Pan (6 of 8)
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.
Other definitions for pan- (7 of 8)
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.
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How to use pan in a sentence
These towels can quickly dry pots and pans after washing, and they are resistant to mildew and smelly odors.
This beautiful, 11-inch, nonstick pan from WaxonWare will make a great addition to your cookware collection.
If you are looking to serve up a great crepe, you’ll need the right pan for perfect execution.
The more you use this pan, the more naturally nonstick it will become.
Making burgers in a pan in a stifling-hot camper is not the same.5 Portable Grills for All Your Outdoor Cooking Needs | Amy Marturana Winderl | September 2, 2020 | Outside Online
While the beans are cooling and drying, melt the butter in a saute pan over medium heat.Make Carla Hall’s Crispy Shallot Green Bean Casserole | Carla Hall | December 27, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Remove the roast from the pan and let rest for a minimum of 15 minutes.
While the pork is resting, heat a large, heavy-bottomed pan over medium-high heat.
Finish the sauce by putting the roasting pan on the stovetop over medium-high heat.
Heat a large sauté pan over medium-high heat and add olive oil.
He watched the man put some bread and milk in a tin pan, and set it down on the floor of the basket.Squinty the Comical Pig | Richard Barnum
Then said Nqong from his bath in the salt-pan, "Come and ask me about it to-morrow, because I'm going to wash."Kipling Stories and Poems Every Child Should Know, Book II | Rudyard Kipling
But who knows whether we shall ever see Sennoures, ever hear the Egyptian pan by the water?Bella Donna | Robert Hichens
In some English schools the first syllable in “panis” sounds “pan,” in others “pain.”Assimilative Memory | Marcus Dwight Larrowe (AKA Prof. A. Loisette)
Shell jump out of the frying-pan into the fire, then; for the Townes, mother and son, are not worth a quarter of it.Tessa Wadsworth's Discipline | Jennie M. Drinkwater
British Dictionary definitions for pan (1 of 6)
a wide metal vessel used in cooking
(in combination): saucepan
Also called: panful the amount such a vessel will hold
any of various similar vessels used esp in industry, as for boiling liquids
a dish used by prospectors, esp gold prospectors, for separating a valuable mineral from the gravel or earth containing it by washing and agitating
either of the two dishlike receptacles on a balance
Also called: lavatory pan British the bowl of a lavatory
a natural or artificial depression in the ground where salt can be obtained by the evaporation of brine
a natural depression containing water or mud
Caribbean the indented top from an oil drum used as the treble drum in a steel band
a small ice floe
a slang word for face (def. 1a)
a small cavity containing priming powder in the locks of old guns
a hard substratum of soil
short for pan loaf
(when tr, often foll by off or out) to wash (gravel) in a pan to separate particles of (valuable minerals) from it
(intr often foll by out) (of gravel) to yield valuable minerals by this process
(tr) informal to criticize harshly: the critics panned his new play
- See also pan out
British Dictionary definitions for pan (2 of 6)
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
the act of panning
(as modifier): a pan shot
British Dictionary definitions for pan (3 of 6)
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
British Dictionary definitions for Pan (4 of 6)
Greek myth the god of fields, woods, shepherds, and flocks, represented as a man with a goat's legs, horns, and ears: Related adjectives: Pandean, Panic
British Dictionary definitions for pan- (5 of 6)
all or every: panchromatic
including or relating to all parts or members: Pan-African; pantheistic
British Dictionary definitions for Pan. (6 of 6)
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Cultural definitions for 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.
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Other Idioms and Phrases with pan
In addition to the idiom beginning with pan
- pan out
- flash in the pan
- out of the frying pan
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