pan

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noun (1)

1
a
: a usually broad, shallow, and open container for domestic use (as for cooking)
b
: any of various similar usually metal receptacles: such 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 (such as gold) from waste by washing
c
British : toilet sense 1a
also : bowl sense 3b
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
4
slang : face
5
: a harsh criticism

pan

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verb (1)

panned; panning

transitive verb

1
a
: to wash in a pan for the purpose of separating heavy particles
b
: to separate (a substance, such as gold) by panning
c
: to place in a pan
2
: to criticize severely
the show was panned

intransitive verb

1
: to wash material (such as earth or gravel) in a pan in search of metal (such as gold)
2
: to yield precious metal in the process of panning
usually used with out

pan

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noun (2)

1
: a betel leaf
2
: a masticatory of betel nut, mineral lime, and pan

pan

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noun (3)

1
: the process of panning a motion-picture or video camera
2
: a shot in which the camera is panned

pan

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verb (2)

panned; panning

transitive verb

: to rotate (a camera, such as a motion-picture camera) so as to keep an object in the picture or secure a panoramic effect

intransitive verb

1
: to pan a motion-picture or video camera
2
of a camera : to undergo panning

Pan

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noun (4)

: a Greek god of pastures, flocks, and shepherds usually represented as having the legs, horns, and ears of a goat
Pan is often depicted playing a panpipe.

Pan

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abbreviation (1)

Panama

PAN

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abbreviation (2)

peroxyacetyl nitrate

pan-

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combining form

1
: all : completely
panchromatic
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
: whole : general
panleukopenia

Examples of pan in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
The inspector saw someone wash and rinse a pan, then put it on the drying rack. David J. Neal, Miami Herald, 18 Feb. 2024 The pan is pre-seasoned with natural vegetable oil to stop food from sticking and to prevent rusting. Lauren Taylor, Southern Living, 17 Feb. 2024 From cardboard boxes to toy pots and pans, these are the strangest things my five kids have actually played with. Chaunie Brusie, Rn, Parents, 6 Feb. 2024 This pan has unparalleled nonstick that is great for cooking up sticky items and eggs. Taylor Gumm, Rolling Stone, 6 Feb. 2024 His nonjudgmental energy transforms solo TV-watching into a communal experience, inviting us to marvel alongside him at the quotidian: a nonstick pan or a vegetable wedger or sugar-free caramels. Hal Sundt, New York Times, 6 Feb. 2024 Spread the risotto on a baking pan, let cool, then wrap tightly. Fred Thompson, Charlotte Observer, 31 Jan. 2024 Rosengren, the former owner of a needlepoint and knitting store, donated her mother’s pots and pans — and sold nearly everything else on Amazon, eBay and Craigslist. Katherine Kallergis, Miami Herald, 31 Jan. 2024 Non-food grade paper, as in brown paper bags, were used as food liners in pans. David J. Neal, Miami Herald, 26 Jan. 2024
Verb
Critics universally panned the film for its sloppy editing, clunky plot and sluggish action sequences, resulting in a dreadful 13 percent critics’ score on Rotten Tomatoes as of Monday morning. Elahe Izadi, Washington Post, 19 Feb. 2024 The video also pans to briefly show several police officer standing over someone else on that approach. Mike Hendricks, Kansas City Star, 15 Feb. 2024 The three-time Super Bowl champion was gasping for air while telling listeners about seeing a series of videos others took at the club, showing him and girlfriend Taylor Swift sharing a heartfelt moment together and then quickly panning over to Jason dancing in the mask by himself across the room. Sean Neumann, Peoplemag, 14 Feb. 2024 The camera panned to its location, revealing a pile of concrete and steel. Ghada Abdulfattah, The Christian Science Monitor, 13 Feb. 2024 After securing the win, the tight end spoke to—or rather, serenaded—the crowd, and the camera panned to the superstar for reaction shots. Lindy Segal, Glamour, 12 Feb. 2024 An overhead shot, taken from a drone, panned along the presidential funeral route, lined with law enforcement—a mix of uniformed Secret Service and D.C. Metro and Park Police. Elliot Ackerman, WIRED, 12 Feb. 2024 The camera also panned to his ultra-famous girlfriend, Taylor Swift, who was wowed by the play. Marlow Stern, Rolling Stone, 12 Feb. 2024 Cameras have already panned to Swift multiple times, and there were clips of Swift having a conversation with the NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. Moises Mendez Ii, TIME, 12 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun (1)

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

Noun (2)

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

Noun (3)

short for panorama

Noun (4)

Latin, from Greek

Combining form

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

First Known Use

Noun (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb (1)

1832, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Noun (2)

1616, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (3)

circa 1922, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (2)

1913, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Noun (4)

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pan was before the 12th century

Dictionary Entries Near pan

Cite this Entry

“Pan.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pan. Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

pan

1 of 3 noun
1
a
: a usually broad, shallow, and open container for cooking
b
: something resembling a pan
2
: a basin or depression in the earth
a salt pan

pan

2 of 3 verb
panned; panning
1
: to wash earthy material in a pan to concentrate bits of metal
pan for gold
2
: to yield precious metal in panning
3
: to criticize severely

pan

3 of 3 verb
panned; panning
: to move a motion-picture or television camera so as to keep a moving object in view or to scan a scene
Etymology

Noun

Old English panne "pan for cooking," derived from Latin patina (same meaning)

Verb

from earlier pan "the process of panning," short for panorama

Medical Definition

Pan

1 of 2 noun
: a genus of anthropoid apes containing the chimpanzee

PAN

2 of 2 abbreviation
peroxyacetyl nitrate

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