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pan

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noun \ˈpan\

Definition of pan

  1. 1 a :  a usually broad, shallow, and open container for domestic use (as for cooking) b :  any of various similar usually metal receptacles: as (1) :  the hollow part of the lock in a firelock or flintlock gun that receives the priming (2) :  either of the receptacles in a pair of scales (3) :  a round shallow usually metal container for separating metal (as gold) from waste by washing c British :  toilet 3b; also :  bowl 3b d :  steel drum

  2. 2 a (1) :  a natural basin or depression in land (2) :  a similar artificial basin (as for evaporating brine) b :  a drifting fragment of the flat thin ice that forms in bays or along the shore

  3. 3 :  hardpan 1

  4. 4 slang :  face

  5. 5 :  a harsh criticism



Origin of pan

Middle English panne, from Old English (akin to Old High German phanna pan), from Latin patina, from Greek patanē


First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with pan


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pan

verb

Definition of pan

pannedpanning

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to wash in a pan for the purpose of separating heavy particles b :  to separate (as gold) by panning c :  to place in a pan

  3. 2 :  to criticize severely <the show was panned>

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 :  to wash material (as earth or gravel) in a pan in search of metal (as gold)

  6. 2 :  to yield precious metal in the process of panning —usually used with out



1839

First Known Use of pan

1839

Rhymes with pan


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pan

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noun \ˈpän\

Definition of pan

  1. 1 :  a betel leaf

  2. 2 :  a masticatory of betel nut, mineral lime, and pan



Origin of pan

Hindi & Urdu pān, from Sanskrit parṇa wing, leaf — more at fern


First Known Use: 1616


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pan

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noun \ˈpan\

Definition of pan

  1. 1 :  the process of panning a motion-picture or video camera

  2. 2 :  a shot in which the camera is panned



Origin of pan

short for panorama


First Known Use: circa 1922


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pan

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verb \ˈpan\

Definition of pan

pannedpanning

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to rotate (as a motion-picture camera) so as to keep an object in the picture or secure a panoramic effect

  3. intransitive verb
  4. 1 :  to pan a motion-picture or video camera

  5. 2 of a camera :  to undergo panning



1930

First Known Use of pan

1930


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Pan

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noun \ˈpan\

Definition of Pan

  1. :  a Greek god of pastures, flocks, and shepherds usually represented as having the legs, horns, and ears of a goat



Origin of pan

Latin, from Greek


First Known Use: 14th century

Other Mythology and Folklore Terms

Rhymes with pan


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Pan

abbreviation

Definition of Pan

  1. Panama




PAN

abbreviation

Definition of PAN

  1. peroxyacetyl nitrate



Other Agriculture/Gardening Terms


pan-

combining form

Definition of pan-

  1. 1 :  all :  completely <panchromatic>

  2. 2 a :  involving all of a (specified) group or region <Pan-American> b :  advocating or involving the union of a (specified) group <Pan-Slavism>

  3. 3 :  whole :  general <panleukopenia>



Origin of pan-

Greek, from pan, neuter of pant-, pas all, every; akin to Tocharian B pont- all



PAN Defined for Kids

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pan

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noun \ˈpan\

Definition of pan for Students

  1. 1 :  a usually shallow open container used for cooking

  2. 2 :  a shallow open tray or container <Put the gold on the pan and we'll weigh it.>




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pan

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verb

Definition of pan for Students

pannedpanning

  1. :  to wash earthy material so as to collect bits of metal (as gold)

pan out
  1. :  to give a good result :  succeed





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