pan1 [pan]
[ME panne < OE, akin to Ger pfanne, early Gmc loanword < VL panna, prob. < L patina, a pan: see PATELLA]
1. any of many kinds of containers, usually broad, shallow, without a cover, and made of metal, used for domestic purposes: often in combination [a frying pan, saucepan, dishpan]
2. any object or part shaped like a pan; specif.,
a) an open container for washing out gold, tin, etc. from gravel or the like, in mining
b) either receptacle in a pair of scales
c) a container for heating, evaporating, etc.
3. the amount a pan will hold
4. any area suggestive of a pan; esp., a hollow, natural or artificial depression in the ground
5. a layer of hard soil, impervious to water; hardpan
6. a small ice floe
7. the part of a flintlock gun that holds the firing powder
8. Slang a face
panned, panning
1. to cook in a pan
2. Informal to criticize unfavorably, as in reviewing [to pan a play ]
3. Mining
a) to wash (gravel, etc.) in a pan, as for separating gold
b) to separate (gold, etc.) from gravel by washing it in a pan
1. to wash gravel in a pan, searching for gold
2. to yield gold in this process
☆ pan out
1. Mining to yield gold, as gravel, a mine, etc.
2. Informal to turn out (as specified); transpire; esp., to turn out well; succeed
☆ put on the pan
to criticize severely
pan2 [pän]
[Hindi pān < Sans para, a leaf, feather: see FERN]
1. a leaf of the betel pepper
2. a substance made of this leaf, betel nut, lime, and spices, used like chewing gum
pan3 [pan]
Film TV etc.
vt., vi.
panned, panning [< PAN(ORAMA)]
to rotate (a camera) horizontally, as to get a panoramic effect or follow a moving object
1. the act of panning
2. a shot that is panned

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