Meaning of PAN in English


pan 1

— panner , n.

/pan/ , n. , v. , panned, panning .


1. a broad, shallow container of metal, usually having sides flaring outward toward the top, used in various forms for frying, baking, washing, etc.

2. any similar receptacle or part, as the scales of a balance.

3. the amount a pan holds or can hold; panful: a pan of shelled peas.

4. any of various open or closed containers used in industrial or mechanical processes.

5. a container in which silver ores are ground and amalgamated.

6. a container in which gold or other heavy, valuable metals are separated from gravel or other substances by agitation with water.

7. a drifting piece of flat, thin ice, as formed on a shore or bay.

8. a natural depression in the ground, as one containing water, mud, or mineral salts.

9. a similar depression made artificially, as for evaporating salt water to make salt.

10. (in old guns) the depressed part of the lock, holding the priming.

11. Also, panning . an unfavorable review, critique, or appraisal: The show got one rave and three pans.

12. Slang. the face.


13. Informal. to criticize severely, as in a review of a play.

14. to wash (gravel, sand, etc.) in a pan to separate gold or other heavy valuable metal.

15. to cook (oysters, clams, etc.) in a pan.


16. to wash gravel, sand, etc., in a pan in seeking gold or the like.

17. to yield gold or the like, as gravel washed in a pan.

18. pan out , Informal. to turn out, esp. successfully: The couple's reconciliation just didn't pan out.

[ bef. 900; ME, OE panne; c. D pan, G Pfanne, ON panna ]

pan 2

/pahn/ , n.

1. the leaf of the betel.

2. a substance, esp. betel nut or a betel-nut mixture, used for chewing.

[ 1610-20; pan; cf. Pali, Prakrit panna, Skt parna leaf, betel leaf ]

pan 3

/pan/ , v. , panned, panning , n.


1. to photograph or televise while rotating a camera on its vertical or horizontal axis in order to keep a moving person or object in view or allow the film to record a panorama: to pan from one end of the playing field to the other during the opening of the football game.

2. (of a camera) to be moved or manipulated in such a manner: The cameras panned occasionally during the scene.


3. to move (a camera) in such a manner: to pan the camera across the scene.

4. to photograph or televise (a scene, moving character, etc.) by panning the camera.


5. the act of panning a camera.

6. Also called panning shot . the filmed shot resulting from this.

[ 1920-25; shortening of PANORAMA ]

pan 4

/pan/ , n.

1. a major vertical division of a wall.

2. a nogged panel of half-timber construction.

[ 1735-45; ]

pan 5

/pahn/ , n. Informal.


[ by shortening ]

pan 6

/pan/ , n.


Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .