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Meaning of pan by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Ancient Greek Πάν ( Pan ) .

    Proper noun


    1. ( Greek mythology ) Greek god of nature, often visualized as half goat and half man playing pipes .
    2. ( astronomy ) A moon of the planet Saturn .

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    By Wiktionary ( 2011/11/14 01:12 UTC Version )


    From Ancient Greek πᾶν ( pan ), neuter form of πᾶς ( pas, “all, every” )

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Explanation of pan by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. express a totally negative opinion of

    2. The critics panned the performance
    3. wash dirt in a pan to separate out the precious minerals

    4. make a sweeping movement

    5. The camera panned across the room
    1. chimpanzees

    2. shallow container made of metal

    3. cooking utensil consisting of a wide metal vessel

    4. god of fields and woods and shepherds and flocks

    Definition of pan by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Pan, n. [OE. See 2d Pane.]
      1. A part; a portion.

      2. ( Fort. ) The distance comprised between the angle of the epaule and the flanked angle.

      3. [Perh. a different word.] A leaf of gold or silver.

    2. Pan, v. t. & i. [Cf. F. pan skirt, lappet, L. pannus a cloth, rag, W. panu to fur, to full.] To join or fit together; to unite. [Obs.] Halliwell.

    3. Pan n. [Hind. pān, Skr. parna leaf.] The betel leaf; also, the masticatory made of the betel leaf, etc. See Betel.

    4. Pan prop. n. [L., fr. Gr. ] ( Gr. Myth. ) The god of shepherds, guardian of bees, and patron of fishing and hunting. He is usually represented as having the head and trunk of a man, with the legs, horns, and tail of a goat, and as playing on the shepherd's pipe ( also called the pipes of Pan ), which he is said to have invented.

    5. Pan, n. [OE. panne, AS. panne; cf. D. pan, G. pfanne, OHG. pfanna, Icel., Sw., LL., & Ir. panna, of uncertain origin; cf. L. patina, E. paten.]
      1. A shallow, open dish or vessel, usually of metal, employed for many domestic uses, as for setting milk for cream, for frying or baking food, etc.; also employed for various uses in manufacturing. “A bowl or a pan.” Chaucer.

      2. ( Manuf. ) A closed vessel for boiling or evaporating. See Vacuum pan, under Vacuum.

      3. The part of a flintlock which holds the priming.

      4. The skull, considered as a vessel containing the brain; the upper part of the head; the brainpan; the cranium. Chaucer.

      5. ( Carp. ) A recess, or bed, for the leaf of a hinge.

      6. The hard stratum of earth that lies below the soil. See Hard pan, under Hard.

      7. A natural basin, containing salt or fresh water, or mud.

      Flash in the pan. See under Flash. -- To savor of the pan, to suggest the process of cooking or burning; in a theological sense, to be heretical. Ridley. Southey.

    6. Pan, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Panned ; p. pr. & vb. n. Panning.]
      1. ( Mining ) To separate, as gold, from dirt or sand, by washing in a kind of pan. [U. S.]

      We . . . witnessed the process of cleaning up and panning out, which is the last process of separating the pure gold from the fine dirt and black sand. Gen. W. T. Sherman.

      2. To criticise ( a drama or literary work ) harshly.

    7. Pan, v. i.
      1. ( Mining ) To yield gold in, or as in, the process of panning; -- usually with out; as, “the gravel panned out richly”.

      2. To turn out ( profitably or unprofitably ); to result; to develop; as, “the investigation, or the speculation, panned out poorly”. [Slang, U. S.]

    8. Pan, v. t. & i. ( Cinematography ) To scan ( a movie camera ), usu. in a horizontal direction, to obtain a panoramic effect; also, to move the camera so as to keep the subject in view.