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1 cooking utensil consisting of a wide metal vessel [syn: cooking pan]
2 (Greek mythology) god of fields and woods and shepherds and flocks; represented as a man with goat's legs and horns and ears; identified with Roman Sylvanus or Faunus [syn: the goat god]
3 shallow container made of metal
4 chimpanzees; more closely related to Australopithecus than to other pongids [syn: genus Pan]


1 make a sweeping movement; "The camera panned across the room"
2 wash dirt in a pan to separate out the precious minerals [syn: pan out, pan off]
3 express a totally negative opinion of; "The critics panned the performance" [syn: tear apart, trash] [also: panning, panned]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • /pæn/
  • Rhymes: -æn

Etymology 1

Old English panne, from West Germanic. Cognate with Dutch pan, German Pfanne.


  1. A wide, flat receptacle used around the house, especially for cooking or frying.
  2. The contents of such a dish.
  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. A wide receptacle in which gold grains are separated from gravel by washing the contents with water.
  5. a specific type of lake, natural depression or basin. They are sometimes associated with desert areas.
  6. Strong criticism.
  7. A loaf of bread.
  8. The base part of a toilet, consisting of a bowl and a footing.
  9. A face.
flat vessel used for frying
  • Dutch: pan
  • Finnish: paistinpannu, pannu
  • French: poêle
  • German: Pfanne
  • Greek: τηγάνι, ταψί
  • Portuguese: caçarola
  • Spanish: sartén
  • Swedish: panna
  • Telugu: పెనం (penaM)
contents of a pan
  • Finnish: pannullinen
cylindrical receptacle with one long handle
  • Finnish: kasari
wide receptacle used in gold washing
  • Finnish: vaskooli
geography: type of lake, natural depression or basin
  • Finnish: hauta
strong criticism
  • Finnish: murska-arvostelu, lyttäys
loaf of bread
base part of a toilet
  • Finnish: allas
slang: face
  • Finnish: lätty


  1. To wash in a pan (of earth, sand etc. when searching for gold).
  2. To disparage; to belittle; to put down; to criticise severely.
  3. With "out" (to pan out), to turn out well; to be successful.
to wash in a pan
  • Finnish: vaskata
to criticise severely
  • Finnish: lytätä
to turn out well

Etymology 2

From a clipped form of panorama.


  1. To turn horizontally (of a camera etc.).
Derived terms
to turn horizontally




  1. pan

Related terms




Etymology 1

From pannus.


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Etymology 2






  1. bread



Pinyin syllable

  1. A transliteration of any of a number of Chinese characters properly represented as having one of four tones, pān, pán, pǎn, or pàn.

Usage notes

English transcriptions of Chinese speech often fail to distinguish between the critical tonal differences employed in the Chinese language, using words such as this one without the appropriate indication of tone.



  • /pan/


pan (plural panowie, dative singular panu, vocative singular panie)


  1. you (polite second person -personal nominative, it takes verbs as third-person s form)

See also



From panis


  • /pan/, /pan/


  1. bread
    Para mi desayuno, tomo pan y leche.
    For my breakfast, I have bread and milk.''

See also

Extensive Definition

Pan and panning can have many meanings as listed below in various categories. Pan- as a prefix is derived from the Greek παν which means 'of everything', 'all' or 'involving all members' of a group.


  • An honorary title of nobles now a customary term of respect in everyday Polish communication as: Pani, Panna, Pan, (Panicz), Państwo . Cognate with Ban. Pan is also a Ukrainian and Czech honorific, roughly equivalent to "Lord", "Sir" or "Mr.".

Cooking, food and drink



Electronics and photography

  • Panning (camera), a movement of a film or video camera (rotating on a vertical axis)
  • Pan and scan, technique for reproducing wide-screen films on narrow TV screens.
  • Panning (antenna systems), in antenna systems, successively changing the azimuth of a beam of radio-frequency energy over the elements of a given horizontal region.
  • Panning (audio), the spread of a monaural signal in a stereo or multi-channel sound field.
  • Panchromatic black-and-white film.

Religion and Mythology




The acronym PAN can refer to:

Names of political parties

Other uses

pan in Tosk Albanian: PAN
pan in Czech: Pan
pan in Welsh: Pan (gwahaniaethu)
pan in Danish: Pan (flertydig)
pan in German: Pan
pan in Spanish: PAN
pan in Spanish: Pan (desambiguación)
pan in Esperanto: PAN
pan in Basque: PAN
pan in French: PAN
pan in Galician: Pan
pan in Hebrew: PAN
pan in Croatian: Pan
pan in Italian: PAN
pan in Japanese: PAN
pan in Kölsch: PAN (Watt ėßß datt?)
pan in Dutch: PAN
pan in Norwegian: Pan
pan in Norwegian Nynorsk: Pan (fleirtyding)
pan in Low German: Pan
pan in Latin: Pan
pan in Luxembourgish: Pan
pan in Lithuanian: Panas
pan in Polish: Pan (ujednoznacznienie)
pan in Portuguese: PAN
pan in Romanian: Pan (dezambiguizare)
pan in Russian: Пан
pan in Simple English: Pan
pan in Turkish: Pan
pan in Finnish: Pan (täsmennyssivu)

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Ashtoreth, Astarte, Baal, Cailleac, Ceres, Demeter, Dionysus, Faunus, Frey, Isis, Priapus, Vidar, Vitharr, corn spirit, faun, fertility god, field spirit, forest god, panisc, panisca, paniscus, satyr, silenus, sylvan deity, the goat god, vegetation spiritPhotostat, X-ray, Xerox, ashpan, bake, bakepan, barbecue, baste, blame, blanch, boil, boiler, braise, brazier, bread pan, brew, broil, broiler, brown, cake pan, calotype, capture on film, censure, coddle, condemn, cook, countenance, criticize, curry, cut up, denounce, denunciate, deride, devil, dial, dishpan, do, do to perfection, double boiler, dustpan, face, facies, favor, features, film, fire, fricassee, frizz, frizzle, fry, griddle, grill, grin at, heat, hit, hold in derision, kisser, knock, laugh at, laugh to scorn, lineaments, make fun of, make game of, make merry with, map, microfilm, mine, mug, mush, oven-bake, pan broiler, pan for gold, pan-broil, parboil, phiz, photograph, photomap, physiognomy, piepan, pillory, poach, point at, poke fun at, prepare, prepare food, prospect, puss, put one on, quarry, radiograph, rag, rap, razz, reprehend, ride, ridicule, roast, roaster, roentgenograph, saucepan, saute, scallop, sear, shirr, shoot, simmer, skillet, slam, smile at, snap, snapshoot, snapshot, snicker at, snigger at, snipe at, spider, steam, stew, stewpan, stir-fry, take a photograph, talbotype, toast, visage, wok
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