- 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 panning. 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 cook (oysters, clams, etc.) 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.
Origin of pan1
- 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.
- 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.
- the act of panning a camera.
- Also called panning shot. the filmed shot resulting from this.
Origin of pan3
Related Words for pannedwash, scan, roast, traverse, separate, track, move, sweep, sift, swing, follow, knock, reprehend, flay, denounce, censure, blame, slam, rap, disparage
Examples from the Web for panned
Contemporary Examples of panned
When it was finally released, it was panned by critics, receiving a 32% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.Oscar Nominees’ Most Embarrassing Roles: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, and More
February 11, 2014
The actor has had a rocky year, with ‘Up All Night’ imploding, ‘Arrested Development’ panned, and the end of his marriage.Will Arnett on ‘The Millers,’ ‘Arrested Development,’ and More
October 2, 2013
The film was panned by critics and grossed just $32 million worldwide against a $42 million budget.Jim Carrey’s Rant Against ‘Kick-Ass 2’ and 13 Other Stars Who Hate Their Own Films
June 25, 2013
You were panned for working with Barry White and Patti LaBelle.Big Daddy Kane: The Hip-Hop MC on Las Supper, Madonna, Jay-Z, and What’s Next
April 16, 2013
But the real highlight of the debate was when the camera occasionally pulled back and panned over the whole onstage line-up.Latest GOP Debate Comical Enough to Be a Disney Animated Movie
November 14, 2011
Historical Examples of panned
Charley Anderson, on Eldorado, panned out $700 in three hours.A Woman who went to Alaska
May Kellogg Sullivan
I headquartered there for several months and panned out some dust.
It has been panned and panned, many times, and always yields something.
But for the time, anyhow, our arrangements "panned out right."Labrador Days
Wilfred Thomason Grenfell
This was Nell Lawson, the woman who had "panned out too rich."The Ebbing Of The Tide
- 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
- 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
- See hardpan, brainpan
- 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 harshlythe critics panned his new play
Word Origin for pan
- 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
Word Origin for pan
- 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
Old English panne, earlier ponne (Mercian) "pan," from West Germanic *panna "pan" (cf. Old Norse panna, Old Frisian panne, Middle Dutch panne, Dutch pan, Old Low German panna, Old High German phanna, German pfanne), probably an early borrowing (4c. or 5c.) from Vulgar Latin *patna, from Latin patina "shallow pan, dish, stewpan," from Greek patane "plate, dish," from PIE *pet-ano-, from root *pete- "to spread" (see pace (n.)). Irish panna probably is from English, and Lithuanian pana is from German.
Used of pan-shaped parts of mechanical apparatus from c.1590; hence flash in the pan, a figurative use from early firearms, where a pan held the priming (and the gunpowder might "flash," but no shot ensue). To go out of the (frying) pan into the fire is first found in Spenser (1596).
"follow with a camera," 1913 shortening of panoramic in panoramic camera (1878). Meaning "to swing from one object to another in a scene" is from 1931. Related: Panned; panning.
Arcadian shepherd god with upper body of a man and horns and lower part like a goat, late 14c., a god of the woods and fields, from Latin, from Greek Pan. Klein says perhaps cognate with Sanskrit pusan, a Vedic god, guardian and multiplier of cattle and other human possessions, literally "nourisher." Similarity to pan "all" (see pan-) led to his being regarded as a personification of nature. Pan-pipe, upon which he supposedly played, is attested from 1820.
"to wash gravel or sand in a pan in search of gold," 1839, from pan (n.); thus to pan out "turn out, succeed" (1868) is a figurative use of this (literal sense from 1849). The meaning "criticize severely" is from 1911, probably from the notion in contemporary slang expressions such as on the pan "under reprimand or criticism" (1923). Related: Panned; panning.
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.
In addition to the idiom beginning with pan
- pan out
- flash in the pan
- out of the frying pan