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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.]


peroxyacetyl nitrate


Moving the camera to follow a moving object or person, or to create a panoramic view of a scene.
References in periodicals archive ?
For the past 21 years, Patwell has spent his spare time panning for gold in the California and Washington mountains.
Although gold panning is strictly regulated, Patwell said there are still a few California rivers where the activity is allowed.
Patwell, who is a truck driver, said he became interested in panning for gold in 1975, when he went to a mining show in Monroe, Wash.