A pan is a round metal container with a long handle, which is used for cooking things in, usually on top of a cooker or stove. ⇒ Heat the butter and oil in a large pan.
2. countable noun
A pan is a shallow metal container used for baking foods. [US]regional note: in BRIT, use baking tray
3. verb [usu passive]
If something such as a film or a book is panned by journalists, they say it is very bad. [informal] [beV-ed] ⇒ His first high-budget movie, called 'Brain Donors', was panned by the critics.
4. ergative verb & verb
If you pan a film or television camera or if it panssomewhere, it moves slowly round so that a wide area is filmed. [V prep/adv] ⇒ The camera panned along the line of players. [V prep/adv] ⇒ He panned over the crowd for a few minutes before swivelling back to the right. [V n] ⇒ A television camera panned the stadium. [V n] ⇒ He panned the camera, giving a sense of motion. [Also V]
If someone pansfor gold, they use a shallow metal container to try to find small pieces of gold from a river. [V + for] ⇒ People came westward in the 1800s to pan for gold. [V n] ⇒ Every year they panned about a ton and a half of gold.