Meaning of PAN in English


I. ˈpan, ˈpaa(ə)n noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English panne, from Old English; akin to Old Frisian panne pan, Old High German phanna, Old Norse panna; all from a prehistoric Germanic word borrowed from (assumed) Vulgar Latin panna pan, from Latin patina, from Greek patanē; akin to Latin patēre to be open — more at fathom


a. : a metal, earthenware, or plastic container (as a warming pan, dustpan, dishpan) for domestic use that is usually broad, shallow, and open

b. : any of various metal kitchen utensils of different shapes and sizes in which foods are cooked or baked

baking pan

cake pan

— see frying pan , loaf pan , saucepan , tube pan

c. : any of various other receptacles usually metal and typically broad, shallow, and open: as

(1) Britain : bowl 3c

(2) : a vessel for evaporating a liquid (as salt brine, maple sap)

(3) : the hollow part of the lock in old guns or pistols that receives the priming

(4) : either of the receptacles for the weights or the bodies weighed in a pair of scales or a balance

(5) : a round shallow metal container used in placer mining to separate gold or some other metal from waste (as gravel) by washing

(6) : a sheet of metal used under the front end of a log while skidding it

(7) : a metal or wood form used in constructing a poured concrete floor


a. archaic : cranium


(1) : a natural basin or depression ; especially : one containing standing water or mud and (as in southern Africa) in the dry season often drying up leaving a salt deposit

(2) : an aritificial basin (as for evaporating brine)

c. : a fragment typically about 200 feet in diameter of the flat relatively thin ice that forms in bays or fiords or along the shore and then becomes free and drifts about the sea — compare ice floe

d. : the broad posterior part of the lower jawbone of a whale

e. : the round flat disk of metal on a steel trap on which an animal steps to spring the trap

3. : hardpan 1

4. slang : face

5. : a harsh criticism

- on the pan

II. verb

( panned ; panned ; panning ; pans )

intransitive verb

1. : to wash earth, gravel, or other material in a pan in searching for gold or some other precious metal

2. : to yield precious metal (as gold) in the process of panning

gravel that panned well

— usually used with out

dirt that pans out 40 ounces of gold to a ton

transitive verb



(1) : to wash (as dirt, gravel) in a pan for the purpose of separating heavy particles (as of gold)

(2) : to separate (as gold) by panning

b. : to cook in a pan in a small quantity of fat or water

c. : to extract (salt) or reduce (maple sap) by evaporation in a pan

d. : to place (shaped bread dough) in pans

e. : to steam the leaves of (oolong tea) to stop fermentation

2. : to attack with harsh criticism : criticize severely

whether the critics would praise or pan the new musical comedy

III. noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English panne, from Middle French pane, from (assumed) Vulgar Latin patina, probably from Greek pathné manger, crib; akin to Greek peisma cable — more at bind

archaic : plate 5a(1)

IV. verb

( panned ; panned ; panning ; pans )

Etymology: origin unknown

intransitive verb

chiefly Scotland : to join or fit together : agree

transitive verb

: to cause to fit together

V. ˈpän noun

( -s )

Etymology: Hindi pān, from Sanskrit parṇa wing, feather, leaf — more at fern

1. : the leaf of the betel palm

2. : a preparation of betel nut that is rolled in betel leaf with a little shell lime and is used especially in India and the East Indies for chewing

VI. ˈpan, ˈpaa(ə)n noun

( -s )

Etymology: French, from Middle French, pane — more at pane

: panel ; especially : a structural panel (as of a wall or door)

doors of double pan construction

a dormer pan

VII. noun

Usage: capitalized

Etymology: New Latin, probably from Latin Pan, ancient Greek god of woods and shepherds, from Greek

: a genus of anthropoid apes containing the chimpanzee

VIII. verb

( panned ; panned ; panning ; pans )

Etymology: short for panoram

intransitive verb

1. : to rotate a motion-picture or television camera in any direction so as to keep an object in the picture or secure a panoramic effect

never pan if you can avoid it except to follow motion — K.A.Henderson

2. of a camera : to undergo such rotation

the camera pans to the main street of the village — J.P.Marquand

transitive verb

: to cause (a camera) to pan

the camera is panned to follow the action as it moves from one location to another — A.L.Gaskill & D.A.Englander

IX. noun

( -s )

: the process of panning a motion-picture or television camera ; also : a scene or sequence made by this process

X. adjective

Etymology: by shortening

: panchromatic

ortho film will give greater contrast than pan film — Aaron Sussman


— an international radiotelephone signal word introducing an urgent message

XII. noun

( -s )

Etymology: pan (I)

: a tractor-operated scraper that transports the material it collects

XIII. ˈpän noun

( -s )

Etymology: by shortening

: panguingue

XIV. abbreviation


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