pan

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/ 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
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British Dictionary definitions for panning (1 of 4)

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 panning (2 of 4)

pan1
/ (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 panning (3 of 4)

pan2
/ (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 panning (4 of 4)

pan3

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
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Cultural definitions for panning

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.

notes for Pan

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

notes for Pan

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 panning

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