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Definitions of pan

pan1  (pæn

Definitions

noun

    1. a wide metal vessel used in cooking
    2. (in combination)   ⇒ saucepan
  1. Also called: panful the amount such a vessel will hold
  2. any of various similar vessels used esp in industry, as for boiling liquids
  3. a dish used by prospectors, esp gold prospectors, for separating a valuable mineral from the gravel or earth containing it by washing and agitating
  4. either of the two dishlike receptacles on a balance
  5. Also called: lavatory pan (British) the bowl of a lavatory
    1. a natural or artificial depression in the ground where salt can be obtained by the evaporation of brine
    2. a natural depression containing water or mud
  6. (Caribbean) the indented top from an oil drum used as the treble drum in a steel band
  7. See hardpan, brainpan
  8. a small ice floe
  9. a slang word for face (sense 1a
  10. a small cavity containing priming powder in the locks of old guns
  11. a hard substratum of soil
  12. short for pan loaf

verb

Word forms:   pans,  panning,  panned
  1. when tr, often foll by off or out to wash (gravel) in a pan to separate particles of (valuable minerals) from it
  2. (intransitive) often foll by out (of gravel) to yield valuable minerals by this process
  3. (transitive) (informal) to criticize harshly   ⇒ the critics panned his new play

Word Origin

Old English panne; related to Old Saxon, Old Norse panna, Old High German pfanna

Synonyms

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= pot, vessel, container, saucepan
= criticize, knock, blast, hammer (British) (informal), slam (slang), flame (informal), rubbish (informal), roast (informal), put down, slate (informal), censure, slag (off) (slang), tear into (informal), flay, diss (slang) (mainly US), lambast(e), throw brickbats at (informal)
= sift out, look for, wash, search for

pan2  (pæn

Definitions

verb

Word forms:   pans,  panning,  panned
  1. 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

C20: shortened from panoramic

Synonyms

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= move along or across, follow, track, sweep, scan, traverse, swing across

pan3  (pæn or paan  (pɑːn) 

Definitions

noun

  1. the leaf of the betel tree
  2. a preparation of this leaf which is chewed, together with betel nuts and lime, in India and the East Indies

Word Origin

C17: from Hindi, from Sanskrit parna feather, wing, leaf

Pan  (pæn

Definitions

noun

  1. (Greek mythology) the god of fields, woods, shepherds, and flocks, represented as a man with a goat's legs, horns, and ears related adjectives Pandean Panic

pan-

Definitions

combining form

  1. all or every   ⇒ panchromatic
  2. including or relating to all parts or members   ⇒ Pan-African,   ⇒ pantheistic

Word Origin

from Greek pan, neuter of pas all

Pan.

Definitions

abbreviation for

  1. Panama

Translations for 'pan'

  • British English: pan A pan is a round metal container with a handle, which is used for cooking things, usually on top of a cooker.Heat the butter and oil in a large pan.pæn NOUN
  • Arabic: طُنْجَرَةٌ
  • Brazilian Portuguese: panela
  • Chinese: 平底锅
  • Croatian: tava
  • Czech: kastrol
  • Danish: pandetil madlavning
  • Dutch: pan
  • European Spanish: olla
  • Finnish: pannu
  • French: poêleustensile
  • German: Pfanne
  • Greek: τηγάνι
  • Italian: padella
  • Japanese: 平なべ
  • Korean: 요리
  • Norwegian: pannekasserolle
  • Polish: rondel
  • Portuguese: frigideira
  • Romanian: tigaie tigăi
  • Russian: сковорода
  • Spanish: olla
  • Swedish: panna
  • Thai: กระทะ
  • Turkish: tava
  • Ukrainian: каструля
  • Vietnamese: chảo
  • British English: pan If something such as a film or a book is panned by journalists, they say it is very bad. VERBHis first high-budget movie was panned by the critics.
  • Brazilian Portuguese: arrasar com
  • Chinese: 批评批批评評
  • European Spanish: criticar
  • French: éreinter
  • German: verreißen
  • Italian: silurare
  • Japanese: こき下ろす
  • Korean: 혹평을 하다
  • Portuguese: arrasar com
  • Spanish: criticar

Example Sentences Including 'pan'

Apart from the young constable, whose radio was crackling like an egg in a hot frying pan , the front hall was empty.
Val McDermid DEAD BEAT (2002)
I wasn't sure whether the pan was the one with which he had made the first find.
Innes, Hammond High Stand
He took a table in a dock café where a dish of unlovely sausages tumbled and sizzled in a pan all the time.
Butler, Gwendoline Coffin on the Water

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