Meaning of pan
— n., v., panned, pan•ning.
- a broad, shallow container of metal, usually having sides flaring outward toward the top, used in various forms for frying, baking, washing, etc.
- any similar receptacle or part, as the scales of a balance.
- the amount a pan holds or can hold; panful: a pan of shelled peas.
- any of various open or closed containers used in industrial or mechanical processes.
- a container in which silver ores are ground and amalgamated.
- a container in which gold or other heavy, valuable metals are separated from gravel or other substances by agitation with water.
- a drifting piece of flat, thin ice, as formed on a shore or bay.
- a natural depression in the ground, as one containing water, mud, or mineral salts.
- a similar depression made artificially, as for evaporating salt water to make salt.
- (in old guns) the depressed part of the lock, holding the priming.
- an unfavorable review, critique, or appraisal: The show got one rave and three pans.
- the face.
- to criticize severely, as in a review of a play.
- to wash (gravel, sand, etc.) in a pan to separate gold or other heavy valuable metal.
- to cook (oysters, clams, etc.) in a pan.
- to wash gravel, sand, etc., in a pan in seeking gold or the like.
- to yield gold or the like, as gravel washed in a pan.
- to turn out, esp. successfully: The couple's reconciliation just didn't pan out.
Pronunciation: (pän), [key]
- the leaf of the betel.
- a substance, esp. betel nut or a betel-nut mixture, used for chewing.
— v., n. panned, pan•ning,
- to photograph or televise while rotating a camera on its vertical or horizontal axis in order to keep a moving person or object in view or allow the film to record a panorama: to pan from one end of the playing field to the other during the opening of the football game.
- (of a camera) to be moved or manipulated in such a manner: The cameras panned occasionally during the scene.
- to move (a camera) in such a manner: to pan the camera across the scene.
- to photograph or televise (a scene, moving character, etc.) by panning the camera.
- the act of panning a camera.
- Also calledthe filmed shot resulting from this.
- a major vertical division of a wall.
- a nogged panel of half-timber construction.
Pronunciation: (pän), [key]
— n. Informal.
- the ancient Greek god of forests, pastures, flocks, and shepherds, represented with the head, chest, and arms of a man and the legs and sometimes the horns and ears of a goat.
- an international distress signal used by shore stations to inform a ship, aircraft, etc., of something vital to its safety or that of one of its passengers.
- a combining form meaning “all,” occurring originally in loanwords from Greek (panacea; panoply), but now used freely as a general formative (panleukopenia; panorama; pantelegraph; pantheism; pantonality), and esp. in terms, formed at will, implying the union of all branches of a group (Pan-Christian; Panhellenic; Pan-Slavism). The hyphen and the second capital tend with longer use to be lost, unless they are retained in order to set off clearly the component parts.
- pan (Thesaurus)