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Princeton's WordNet

  1. pan, cooking pannoun

    cooking utensil consisting of a wide metal vessel

  2. Pan, goat godnoun

    (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. pannoun

    shallow container made of metal

  4. Pan, genus Panverb

    chimpanzees; more closely related to Australopithecus than to other pongids

  5. panverb

    make a sweeping movement

    "The camera panned across the room"

  6. pan, pan out, pan offverb

    wash dirt in a pan to separate out the precious minerals

  7. pan, tear apart, trashverb

    express a totally negative opinion of

    "The critics panned the performance"


  1. Panverb

    To criticise (a drama or literary work) harshly.

  2. Panverb

    To scan (a movie camera), usu. in a horizontal direction, to obtain a panoramic effect; also, to move the camera so as to keep the subject in view.


  1. Pannoun

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

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

  2. Pannoun

    A moon of the planet Saturn.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pannoun

    a part; a portion

    Etymology: [OE. See 2d Pane.]

  2. Pannoun

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

    Etymology: [OE. See 2d Pane.]

  3. Pannoun

    a leaf of gold or silver

    Etymology: [OE. See 2d Pane.]

  4. Pan

    to join or fit together; to unite

    Etymology: [OE. See 2d Pane.]

  5. Pannoun

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

    Etymology: [OE. See 2d Pane.]

  6. Pannoun

    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

    Etymology: [OE. See 2d Pane.]

  7. Pannoun

    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

    Etymology: [OE. See 2d Pane.]

  8. Pannoun

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

    Etymology: [OE. See 2d Pane.]

  9. Pannoun

    the part of a flintlock which holds the priming

    Etymology: [OE. See 2d Pane.]

  10. Pannoun

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

    Etymology: [OE. See 2d Pane.]

  11. Pannoun

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

    Etymology: [OE. See 2d Pane.]

  12. Pannoun

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

    Etymology: [OE. See 2d Pane.]

  13. Pannoun

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

    Etymology: [OE. See 2d Pane.]

  14. Panverb

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

    Etymology: [OE. See 2d Pane.]

  15. Panverb

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

    Etymology: [OE. See 2d Pane.]

  16. Panverb

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

    Etymology: [OE. See 2d Pane.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Pan

    pan, n. a broad, shallow vessel for domestic use, or for use in the arts or manufactures: anything resembling a pan in shape, as the upper part of the skull: the part of a firelock which holds the priming.—v.t. to treat with the panning process, as earth, or to separate by shaking the auriferous earth with water in a pan: to obtain in any way, to secure: to cook and serve in a pan.—v.i. to yield gold: to appear, as gold, in a pan: to turn out well, according to expectation: to try to find gold with the pan process.—Pan out, to yield or afford, to result; Panned out (U.S.), exhausted, bankrupt.—Flash in the pan, to flash and go out suddenly, not igniting the charge—of the powder in the pan of a flint-lock firearm: to fail after a fitful effort, to give up without accomplishing anything; Hard-pan (see Hard). [A.S. panne—prob. through the Celt., from Low L. panna—L. patina, a basin.]

  2. Pan

    pan, n. the Greek god of pastures, flocks, and woods, worshipped in Arcadia, and fond of music—with goat's legs and feet, and sometimes horns and ears.—n. Pan's′-pipes (see Pandean).

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.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. pan

    In fire-arms, is a small iron cavity of the old flint lock, adjacent to the touch-hole of the barrel, to contain the priming powder.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. pan

    That part of the lock of a musket, pistol, etc., which holds the priming powder, the necessity of which is superseded by the use of percussion-caps.

  2. pan

    The distance which is comprised between the angle of the epaul and the flanked angle in a fortification.

  3. pan

    A name well known among the shepherds of antiquity, and frequently used by modern writers in their rural fictions. In military history it signifies a man who was lieutenant-general to Bacchus and his Indian expedition. He is recorded to have been the first author of a general shout, which the Grecians practiced in the beginning of their onsets in battle.

Editors Contribution

  1. pan

    A type of product created and designed various colors, designs, sizes and styles.

    She used her pan to fry sausages. He used his pan to brush the leaves from the courtyard into.

    Submitted by MaryC on August 17, 2015  

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  1. Pan

    The Arcadian god of shepherds, huntsmen, and country folk, and chief of the inferior deities, is usually considered to have been the son of Mercury and Penelope. After his birth he was metamorphosed into the mythical form in which we find him depicted, namely, a horned, long-eared man, with the lower half of the body like a goat. He is generally seen playing a pipe made of reeds of various lengths, which he invented himself, and from which he could produce music which charmed even the gods. These are the Pan-pipes, or. Pan’s terrific appearance once so frightened the Gauls when they invaded Greece that they ran away though no one pursued them; and the wordis said to have been derived from this episode. The Fauns, who greatly resembled Pan, were his attendants.

    “Piping on their reeds the shepherds go, Nor fear an ambush, nor suspect a foe.” (Pope.)

Who Was Who?

  1. Pan

    Monstrosity musical instrument maker, friend of poets. Born half a man and half a goat. Took after the latter. Studied music under the old masters and outfluted Apollo. Was also a sheep fancier. Fathered fife and drum corps. Ambition: A pair of shoes or a goat's appetite. Recreation: Hunting and falling in love. Address: Greece. Clubs: Musical.

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 for PAN »

  1. nap

  2. PNA

  3. NPA

  4. nap, NPA, PNA

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of PAN in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of PAN in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of PAN in a Sentence

  1. Gervais Djondo:

    Pan Africanism and integration starts with people moving, if we want to make business...we have to create the appropriate means to make things move.

  2. Anthony Falco:

    Brush the pan with olive oil, stick your dough in there, put your toppings on, crank up your oven as high it will go, leave it in for 15 to 20 minutes, [and you] have a pan-style pizza.

  3. Dulce Mojarro:

    She is like one of those kids that never wanted to grow up, i would tell her, 'You have that child in you like Peter Pan.'.

  4. Marcel Aubut:

    Such is the momentum of what happened here in Toronto. This is the momentum that should help us, the IOC likes when the people support Olympic Games. They love The IOC. I am not shy to say those Games( Toronto Pan Ams) became Olympic Games.

  5. Nancy Sweetman:

    People our age are tired of all the flash in the pan stuff and we would like to see something get done that we agree with. And in that regard I think Hillary is a much stronger candidate than Bernie.

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