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pan 1

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.
c. Hardpan.
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.
Phrasal Verb:
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).

[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.]

pan 2

Variant of paan.

pan 3

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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pan out

(intr, adverb) informal to work out; turn out; result
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.pan out - be a success; "The idea panned out"
bring home the bacon, deliver the goods, succeed, win, come through - attain success or reach a desired goal; "The enterprise succeeded"; "We succeeded in getting tickets to the show"; "she struggled to overcome her handicap and won"
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:
countenance, face, feature (often used in plural), muzzle, visage.
Informal: mug.
Slang: kisser, map, puss.
2. Informal. A comment expressing fault:
Slang: knock.
Informal. To find fault with:
Informal: cut up.
Slang: knock.
phrasal verb
pan out
To turn out well:
Slang: click.
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w>pan out

vi (inf)sich entwickeln; it didn’t pan outes hat nicht geklappt (inf); if it pans out as we hopewenns so wird, wie wir es uns erhoffen
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Confidence was high for a good run on Sunday following a seeming recent return to form, but the race just did not pan out in his favour.
The first quarter saw the Delhi girls take the match to their more illustrious opponents but it wasn't a sign of the way the match would pan out in the later stages.
LAST week I rewarded lucky readers of this column with a prediction about how England's World Cup would pan out. For those who missed that thoughtful piece of journalism - it panned out as pants.