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pan

  • A shallow, wide, open container, usually of metal and without a lid, used for holding liquids, cooking, and other domestic purposes.
  • A vessel similar in form to a pan, especially:
  • An open metal dish used to separate gold or other metal from gravel or waste by washing.
  • Either of the receptacles on a balance or pair of scales.
  • A vessel used for boiling and evaporating liquids.
  • A basin or depression in the earth, often containing mud or water.
  • A natural or artificial basin used to obtain salt by evaporating brine.
  • Hardpan.
  • A freely floating piece of ice that has broken off a larger floe.
  • The small cavity in the lock of a flintlock used to hold powder.
  • Music A steel drum.
  • Slang The face.
  • Informal Severe criticism, especially a negative review: gave the film a pan.
  • To wash (gravel, for example) in a pan for gold or other precious metal.
  • To cook (food) in a pan: panned the fish right after catching it.
  • Informal To criticize or review harshly.
  • To wash gravel, sand, or other sediment in a pan.
  • To yield gold as a result of washing in a pan.
  • pan out To turn out well; be successful: "If I don't pan out as an actor I can still go back to school” ( Saul Bellow).
  • A leaf of the betel vine.
  • A chewing preparation of this leaf with betel nuts, spices, and lime, used in the Far East.
  • To move a movie or television camera to follow an object or create a panoramic effect.
  • To move (a camera) so as to follow a moving object or create a panoramic effect.