What does PAN mean?

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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"


  1. Pan(v. t.)

    To criticise (a drama or literary work) harshly.

  2. Pan(v. t. & i.)

    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. 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

  17. Origin: [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.

Editors Contribution

  1. pan

    A vessel manufactured in various colors, designs, sizes and styles used for various purposes.

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

  2. pan

    A type of device created and designed in various colors, materials, mechanisms, shapes, sizes and styles used in combination with a type of brush to collect or move particles from one place to another.

    We bought a new brush and pan set for our kitchen and it is hung inside one of the cupboard doors on a hook.

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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


  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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Quintus Septimius Tertullianus:

    Out of the frying pan into the fire.

  2. Toshiba CEO Masashi Muromachi:

    If that doesn't pan out, a sale to a foreign manufacturer is also an option.

  3. Eric Hoffer:

    We feel free when we escape -- even if it be but from the frying pan to the fire.

  4. Miguel de Cervantes:

    Let me leap out of the frying-pan into the fire or, out of God's blessing into the warm sun.

  5. Lotte Hershfield:

    We were going from the frying pan to the fire, we went from Nazi persecutors to the Japanese.

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