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A flat-bottomed basin for washing dishes.
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(Cookery) chiefly US and Canadian a large pan for washing dishes, pots, etc
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a large pan in which dishes, pots, etc., are washed.
[1870–75, Amer.]
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A pan used for washing dishes. Usually the water would be heated in the pan.
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Noun1.dishpan - large pan for washing dishes
pan - shallow container made of metal
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But my joy was short-lived, and my heart sank once again as a moment later I saw a mighty paw insinuated into the opening--a paw as large around as a large dishpan. Very gently the paw toyed with the great rock that partly closed the entrance, pushed and pulled upon it and then very deliberately drew it outward and to one side.
But there wan't no romance floating around in dishpans and washtubs, or in factories and hash-joints.'
The water from the fountain is pure, clear, and sweet, but it surfaces only in a tiny spot about the size of a dishpan. This was a good thirst quencher--you could kneel, bend over, and drink as much as you liked, as long as your back held out.
Instead he became fascinated by geophysical fluid dynamics and the many problems of understanding the development of structured flow patterns that arise from the chaotic patterns of random turbulence, as exemplified by the so-called dishpan experiments.
"I tinkered with that 1923 Fairbanks-Morse 1-1/2 hp Type Z, what they call a 'dishpan' engine.
The council consented, and soon workmen were busy on Main Street--known as Michigan Avenue today--installing six "dishpan" lights, which used tin plates to reflect the arc lights' glow down toward the street.
The best spots were nondescript--where the bottom was a featureless dishpan of soft substrates.
If you give them a shallow dishpan or tub, with 6 to 8 inches of cool water in it, you will often see them standing in it, soaking their feet and cooling down that way.
"a diary and a dishpan" get the same level of constitutional
Then you need to remove all the seeds, which is easiest done by simply rubbing all the seeds between your hands in a dishpan, and then washing away the pulp.
featured a character called Frankie Sanchez, known as Dishpan? ANSWERS Team.