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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)


  1. pan-(Prefix)

    A combining form meaning "all", used in the formation of compound words.

  2. Pan-(Prefix)

    A combining form meaning "all", used in the formation of compound words, particularly those that identify collections of all places in a region, cultures within a group, or religions.

  3. Origin: From πᾶν, neuter form of πᾶς

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pan-

    alt. of Panto-

Translations for pan-

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all; whole


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