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pan

noun \ ˈpan \

Definition of pan

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 1a; also :bowl 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 :hardpan 1
4 slang :face
5 :a harsh criticism

Origin and Etymology of pan

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


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pan

verb

Definition of pan

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

First Known Use of pan

1832


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pan

noun \ ˈpän \

Definition of pan

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

Origin and Etymology of pan

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


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pan

noun \ ˈpan \

Definition of pan

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

Origin and Etymology of pan

short for panorama


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pan

verb \ ˈpan \

Definition of pan

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

First Known Use of pan

1913


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Pan

noun \ ˈpan \

Definition of Pan

: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.

Origin and Etymology of pan

Latin, from Greek

Other Mythology and Folklore Terms


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Pan

abbreviation

Definition of Pan

Panama

PAN

abbreviation

Definition of PAN

peroxyacetyl nitrate

Other Agriculture/Gardening Terms


pan-

combining form

Definition of pan-

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

Origin and Etymology 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

noun \ ˈpan \

Definition of pan for Students

1 :a usually shallow open container used for cooking
2 :a shallow open tray or container
  • Put the gold on the pan and we'll weigh it.

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pan

verb

Definition of pan for Students

panned; panning
:to wash earthy material so as to collect bits of metal (as gold)
pan out
:to give a good result :succeed

Medical Dictionary

Pan

noun \ ˈpan \

medical Definition of Pan

:a genus of anthropoid apes containing the chimpanzee

PAN

abbreviation

medical Definition of PAN

peroxyacetyl nitrate


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