see also: Pan, PAN
Pronunciation Noun

pan (plural pans)

  1. A wide, flat receptacle used around the house, especially for cooking.
  2. The contents of such a receptacle.
  3. A cylindrical receptacle about as tall as it is wide, with one long handle, usually made of metal, used for cooking in the home.
  4. (Ireland) A deep plastic receptacle, used for washing or food preparation; a basin.
  5. A wide receptacle in which gold grains are separated from gravel by washing the contents with water.
  6. (geography, geology) An expanse of level land located in a depression, especially
    1. A pond or lake, considered as the expanse of land upon which the water sits.
    2. (especially South Africa) A dry lake or playa, especially a salt flat.
    3. (South Africa) Synonym of playa lake#English|playa lake: a temporary pond or lake in a playa.
    4. Short for salt pan#English|salt pan: a flat artificial pond used for collecting minerals from evaporated water.
  7. (geology) Short for hardpan#English|hardpan: a hard substrate such as is formed in pans.
  8. (geology, obsolete South Africa) Synonym of pipe#English|pipe: a channel for lava within a volcano; the cylindrical remains of such channels.
  9. Strong adverse criticism.
  10. A loaf of bread.
  11. (obsolete) The chamber pot in a close stool; (now) the base of a toilet, consisting of the bowl and its support.
  12. (slang) A human face, a mug.
    • 1951, William S. Burroughs, in Harris (ed.), Letters 1945–59, Penguin 2009, p. 92:
      Dave and I have parted company, and I hope I never see his junky pan again.
    • 1953, Raymond Chandler, The Long Goodbye, Penguin 2010, page 103:
      This was the kind of operator who would tell you to be there at nine sharp and if you weren't sitting quietly with a pleased smile on your pan when he floated in two hours later on a double Gibson, he would have a paroxysm of outraged executive ability […].
  13. (roofing) The bottom flat part of a roofing panel that is between the ribs of the panel.
  14. A closed vessel for boiling or evaporating as part of manufacture; a vacuum pan.
  15. The part of a flintlock that holds the priming.
    • 1743, Robert Drury (sailor), The Pleasant, and Surprizing Adventures of Mr. Robert Drury, during his Fifteen Years Captivity on the Island of Madagascar, London, pp. 95-96,
      […] he pull’d the Trigger, but Providence being pleas’d to preserve me for some other Purpose, the Cock snapp’d, and miss’d Fire. Whether the Prime was wet in the Pan, or by what other Miracle it was I escap’d his Fury, I cannot say […]
  16. The skull, considered as a vessel containing the brain; the brainpan.
  17. (figurative) The brain, seen as one's intellect
    • 14th century, Geoffrey Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales: The Friar's Tale,
      Unto the devil rough and black of hue
      Give I thy body and my pan also."
  18. (carpentry) A recess, or bed, for the leaf of a hinge.
Synonyms Translations Translations
  • Italian: padellata
  • Russian: сковорода́
Translations Translations
  • Italian: batea
  • Russian: лото́к
  • Russian: котлови́на
  • Russian: разно́с
  • French: miche de pain
  • Italian: fetta di pane, fetta
  • Russian: унита́з
  • Italian: muso
  • Russian: физионо́мия

pan (pans, present participle panning; past and past participle panned)

  1. (transitive) To wash in a pan (of earth, sand etc. when searching for gold).
    • 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.
  2. (transitive) To disparage; to belittle; to put down; to criticise severely.
  3. (intransitive) With "out" (to pan out), to turn out well; to be successful.
  4. (transitive, informal, of a contest) To beat one's opposition convincingly.
  5. (informal) To criticize harshly a work (like a book, movie, etc.)
  • Russian: промыва́ть
Translations Verb

pan (pans, present participle panning; past and past participle panned)

  1. (intransitive) Of a camera, etc.: to turn#Verb|turn horizontally.
  2. (intransitive, photography) To move the camera lens angle while continuing to expose the film, enabling a contiguous view and enrichment of context. In still-photography large-group portraits the film usually remains on a horizontal fixed plane as the lens and/or the film holder moves to expose the film laterally. The resulting image may extend a short distance laterally or as great as 360 degrees from the point where the film first began to be exposed.
  3. (audio) To spread a sound signal into a new stereo or multichannel sound field, typically giving the impression that it is moving across the sound stage.

pan (uncountable)

  1. Alternative form of paan

pan (pans, present participle panning; past and past participle panned)

  1. To join or fit together; to unite.

pan (plural pans)

  1. A part; a portion.
  2. (fortifications) The distance comprised between the angle of the epaule and the flanked angle.
  3. A leaf of gold or silver.

pan (not comparable)

  1. (informal) Pansexual.
    • 2012, Anna Waugh, "Texas got a pansexual legislator ↗", Dallas Voice, Volume 29, Issue 33, 28 December 2012, page 9:
      When she publicly acknowledged that she is pan, it educated citizens near and far on what that sexuality meant and the importance of being proud of who you are.
    • 2013, Alejandra Rodriguez, "Isn't That Bisexual? ↗", Outwrite, Fall 2013, page 7:
      Another anonymous pansexual disclosed, "Sometimes I feel really left out because I'm pan. […] "
    • 2013, Megan Hertner, "Understanding Gender and Sexuality ↗", Grapevine (Huron University College), December 2013, page 19:
      A similar experience is shared by individuals who identify their sexuality as pan, bi or queer.

Proper noun
  1. (Greek god) Greek god of nature, often visualized as half goat and half man playing pipes. His Roman counterpart is Faunus.
  2. (astronomy) A moon of the planet Saturn.
  • French: Pan
  • Italian: Pan
  • Portuguese:
  • Russian: Пан
  • Spanish: Pan

Proper noun
  1. (linguistics) Abbreviation of Proto-Austronesian.


  1. Acronym of primary account number
  2. Acronym of personal area network
  3. (organic compound) Initialism of polyacrylonitrile
  4. (organic compound) Initialism of peroxyacetyl nitrate

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