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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

panpæn(n.; v.)panned, pan•ning.

  1. (n.)a broad, usu. shallow, metal container, 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.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

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

    Category: Metallurgy

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

    Category: Geography (terms)

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

    Category: Geography (terms)

  7. (in old guns) the hollow part of the lock, holding the priming.

  8. Informal. an unfavorable review or critique.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  9. Slang. the face.

    Category: Status (usage)

  10. (v.t.)Informal. to criticize harshly, as in a review.

    Category: Informal

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

    Category: Metallurgy

  12. to cook in a pan.

  13. (v.i.)to wash gravel, sand, etc., in a pan in seeking gold or the like.

    Category: Metallurgy

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

    Category: Metallurgy

  15. pan out,Informal. to have an outcome, esp. a successful one.

    Category: Verb Phrase

Origin of pan:

bef. 900; ME, OE panne, c. OFris, OS panna, OHG pfanna



  1. the leaf of the betel.

    Category: Plants

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

Origin of pan:

1610–20; < Hindi pān; cf. Pali, Prakrit paṇṇa, Skt parṇa leaf, betel leaf

panpæn(v.; n.)panned, pan•ning

  1. (v.i.)to swivel a television or motion-picture camera horizontally in order to keep a moving subject in view or record a panorama.

    Category: Showbiz

  2. (of a camera) to be moved in such a manner.

    Category: Showbiz

  3. (v.t.)to move (a camera) in such a manner.

    Category: Showbiz

  4. (n.)the act of panning a camera.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Showbiz

  5. the filmed shot resulting from this.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Showbiz

Origin of pan:

1920–25; shortening of panorama



  1. an ancient Greek god of shepherds and hunters, usu. represented as a man with the legs, horns, and ears of a goat.

    Category: Mythology


or pan


  1. a combining form meaning “all”: pantheism; used esp. in terms implying the union of all branches of a group:

    Pan-American; Pan-Slavism.

    Category: Affix

Origin of pan-:

< Gk pan-, comb. form of pâs (neut. pân) all, every


  1. Panama.

    Category: Geography (places)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. pan, cooking pan(noun)

    cooking utensil consisting of a wide metal vessel

  2. Pan, goat god(noun)

    (Greek mythology) god of fields and woods and shepherds and flocks; represented as a man with goat's legs and horns and ears; identified with Roman Sylvanus or Faunus

  3. pan(noun)

    shallow container made of metal

  4. Pan, genus Pan(verb)

    chimpanzees; more closely related to Australopithecus than to other pongids

  5. pan(verb)

    make a sweeping movement

    "The camera panned across the room"

  6. pan, pan out, pan off(verb)

    wash dirt in a pan to separate out the precious minerals

  7. pan, tear apart, trash(verb)

    express a totally negative opinion of

    "The critics panned the performance"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. pan(noun)æn

    a metal container used for cooking food, or the amount contained in a pan

    a set of stainless steel pans; pots and pans; a pan of bacon and eggs


  1. Pan(ProperNoun)

    Greek god of nature, often visualized as half goat and half man playing pipes.

  2. Pan(ProperNoun)

    A moon of the planet Saturn.

  3. Origin: Old English panne, from pannōn. Cognate with Dutch pan, German Pfanne.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pan(noun)

    a part; a portion

  2. Pan(noun)

    the distance comprised between the angle of the epaule and the flanked angle

  3. Pan(noun)

    a leaf of gold or silver

  4. Pan

    to join or fit together; to unite

  5. Pan(noun)

    the betel leaf; also, the masticatory made of the betel leaf, etc. See /etel

  6. Pan(noun)

    the god of shepherds, guardian of bees, and patron of fishing and hunting. He is usually represented as having the head and trunk of a man, with the legs, horns, and tail of a goat, and as playing on the shepherd's pipe, which he is said to have invented

  7. Pan(noun)

    a shallow, open dish or vessel, usually of metal, employed for many domestic uses, as for setting milk for cream, for frying or baking food, etc.; also employed for various uses in manufacturing

  8. Pan(noun)

    a closed vessel for boiling or evaporating. See Vacuum pan, under Vacuum

  9. Pan(noun)

    the part of a flintlock which holds the priming

  10. Pan(noun)

    the skull, considered as a vessel containing the brain; the upper part of the head; the brainpan; the cranium

  11. Pan(noun)

    a recess, or bed, for the leaf of a hinge

  12. Pan(noun)

    the hard stratum of earth that lies below the soil. See Hard pan, under Hard

  13. Pan(noun)

    a natural basin, containing salt or fresh water, or mud

  14. Pan(verb)

    to separate, as gold, from dirt or sand, by washing in a kind of pan

  15. Pan(verb)

    to yield gold in, or as in, the process of panning; -- usually with out; as, the gravel panned out richly

  16. Pan(verb)

    to turn out (profitably or unprofitably); to result; to develop; as, the investigation, or the speculation, panned out poorly


  1. Pan

    In Greek religion and mythology, Pan is the god of the wild, shepherds and flocks, nature of mountain wilds, hunting and rustic music, and companion of the nymphs. His name originates within the Ancient Greek language, from the word paein, meaning "to pasture." He has the hindquarters, legs, and horns of a goat, in the same manner as a faun or satyr. With his homeland in rustic Arcadia, he is recognized as the god of fields, groves, and wooded glens; because of this, Pan is connected to fertility and the season of spring. The ancient Greeks also considered Pan to be the god of theatrical criticism. In Roman religion and myth, Pan's counterpart was Faunus, a nature god who was the father of Bona Dea, sometimes identified as Fauna. In the 18th and 19th centuries, Pan became a significant figure in the Romantic movement of western Europe, and also in the 20th-century Neopagan movement.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Pan

    in the Greek mythology a goat-man, a personification of rude nature, and the protector of flocks and herds; originally an Arcadian deity, is represented as playing on a flute of reeds joined together of different lengths, called Pan's pipes; and dancing on his cloven hoofs over glades and mountains escorted by a bevy of nymphs side by side, and playing on his pipes. There is a remarkable tradition, that on the night of the Nativity at Bethlehem an astonished voyager heard a voice exclaiming as he passed the promontory of Tarentum, "The great Pan is dead." The modern devil is invested with some of his attributes, such as cloven hoofs, &c.

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'pan' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4830

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'pan' in Nouns Frequency: #2285

Anagrams of pan

  1. nap

  2. PNA

  3. NPA

  4. nap, NPA, PNA

Translations for pan

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a metal pot usually with a long handle, used for cooking food

a frying-pan; a saucepan.

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