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1. A shallow, wide, open container, usually of metal and without a lid, used for holding liquids, cooking, and other domestic purposes.
2. A vessel similar in form to a pan, especially:
a. An open metal dish used to separate gold, other precious metals, or gemstones from gravel or waste by washing.
b. Either of the receptacles on a balance or pair of scales.
c. A vessel used for boiling and evaporating liquids.
a. A basin or depression in the earth, often containing mud or water.
b. A natural or artificial basin used to obtain salt by evaporating brine.
4. A freely floating piece of ice that has broken off a larger floe.
5. The small cavity in the lock of a flintlock used to hold powder.
6. Music A steel drum.
7. Slang The face.
8. Informal Severe criticism, especially a negative review: gave the film a pan.
v. panned, pan·ning, pans
1. To wash (gravel, for example) in a pan to separate out gold, other precious metals, or gemstones.
2. To cook (food) in a pan: panned the fish right after catching it.
3. Informal To criticize or review harshly.
1. To wash gravel, sand, or other sediment in a pan.
2. To yield gold as a result of washing in a pan.
To turn out well; be successful: "If I don't pan out as an actor I can still go back to school" (Saul Bellow).
[Middle English, from Old English panne, from West Germanic *panna, probably from Vulgar Latin *patna, from Latin patina, shallow pan, platter, from Greek patanē; see petə- in Indo-European roots.]
Variant of paan.
v. panned, pan·ning, pans
To pivot a movie camera along a horizontal plane in order to follow an object or create a panoramic effect.
To pivot (a movie camera) in a specified direction.
A pivoting movement of a movie camera.
[Short for panorama or panoramic.]
Greek Mythology The god of woods, fields, and flocks, having a human torso and head with a goat's legs, horns, and ears.
[Middle English, from Latin Pān, from Greek.]
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(intr, adverb) informal to work out; turn out; result
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|Verb||1.||pan out - be a success; "The idea panned out"|
|2.||pan out - wash dirt in a pan to separate out the precious minerals|
wash - separate dirt or gravel from (precious minerals)
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1. Slang. The front surface of the head:
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