Main definitions of pan in English

: pan1pan2

pan1

noun

  • 1A metal container used for cooking food in:

    ‘heat the olive oil in a heavy pan’
    • ‘To get started, coat a grill pan with the cooking spray and rub both sides of the steaks with the seasoning of your choice.’
    • ‘Place the chicken, skinned side up, on a rack in a roasting pan coated with cooking spray.’
    • ‘Ticket holders have access to several stations where chefs prepare the food in woks and large sauté pans.’
    • ‘In an adjacent room, domestic workers dressed in aprons were sitting around a table decked with pots and pans for a cooking lesson.’
    • ‘They are almost in darkness watching their blackened cooking pans.’
    • ‘Using nonstick pans or spraying pans with nonstick cooking spray will further reduce the amount of fat and calories added to your meals.’
    • ‘A number of cooking utensils, pans and cauldrons were also made of iron, with the consequence that these things lasted much longer and couldn't be burnt.’
    • ‘The kitchen was normal, he noticed, with all assortments of pots, pans, and cooking implements.’
    • ‘The rain banged hard and fast on my head like a small toddler drumming contently on a cooking pan with a spoon.’
    • ‘Sometimes my mother would be cooking and she'd just pack up the pots and pans with the food still in them.’
    • ‘Mrs Vale thought as she turned and rushed for the door that led outside, forgetting the cooking pan in her hand.’
    • ‘Holiday cooking pans and gadgets should be stowed in the attic, garage or in a closet.’
    • ‘All you really need is a couple of pans, a frying pan, a roasting tray, a couple of chopping blocks and a few decent knives.’
    • ‘Fabric softener sheets are claimed to clean baked on foods from cooking pots and pans.’
    • ‘On a main road leading north of Kabul, another refugee pushed a cart piled high with pots and pans, a metal trunk and a few tattered carpets.’
    • ‘Take the excess oil out of the skillet and deglaze the pan with red wine.’
    • ‘As we indicated in our first article on basic kitchen needs, start with a good skillet or fry pan, a couple of saucepans and a sauté pan.’
    • ‘I entered the kitchen and found Ryder humming to himself and saw that the aroma I had smelt was him cooking bacon in a pan.’
    • ‘It would not, however, make sense to sacrifice rare or expensive wines in the cooking pan.’
    • ‘She could understand why they would need cooking pots and pans, rope, blankets, even the sword he had taken with him.’
    saucepan, frying pan, pot, casserole, wok, skillet, bain-marie, fish kettle, pressure cooker, poacher, chafing dish
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    1. 1.1 An amount of something contained in a pan:
      ‘a pan of hot water’
      • ‘To clean an aluminum coffeepot and remove lime deposits, boil equal pans of water and white vinegar.’
      • ‘Marjorie, my sister, who does all my washing and cooking, had made me a pan of stew.’
      • ‘By the time Nick emerged from the shower I'd brewed tea, fried six sausages, a pan of bacon and was thinking about hot chocolate.’
      • ‘Another pal is also making a huge pan of curry and chapattis.’
      • ‘Forget the tiny sprig strategically placed on a lemon sole or the meagre pinch of mint in a pan of potatoes.’
      • ‘When it snowed she used to let us bring in a pan of clean snow and then we'd put Log Cabin Maple Syrup on it and eat it with a spoon.’
      • ‘The first time I used it, it ungraciously bent at the handle and the entire pan of pasta that I'd just poured in got dumped into the sink.’
      • ‘I felt old when I first made four pans of my dinner dish and walked two, covered with foil, across the street.’
      • ‘She dropped by one afternoon when I was sick with a pan of brownies and a video tape with my favorite show on it.’
      • ‘At the age of three I managed to pull a pan of boiling milk over me.’
      • ‘Afraid to argue further, Yeager went to fetch a bottle of whiskey and a pan of cold boiled beef, which Gallagher wolfed down.’
      • ‘I even peeled a pan of potatoes for the tea, which was appreciated, although it was remarked that some of them were a funny shape.’
      • ‘Jim motioned towards the pan of raw eggs waiting on the stove.’
      • ‘The bustling activity grew into a flurry of skillets and plates as Corra joined the two other women and was swiftly put to work frying up a pan of bacon.’
      • ‘Clean aluminum coffeepots and remove lime deposits by boiling equal pans of water and white vinegar.’
      • ‘He was carrying a sack of hay for the donkey and a pan of hot black coffee for the driver.’
      • ‘Two soldiers burst in with guns and they gave us a big pan of soup.’
      • ‘I was so mad last evening I did what any reasonable woman would do - baked a pan of brownies.’
      • ‘In high school I used to make a whole pan of rice krispie treats and then eat the entire thing by myself in less than a half hour.’
      • ‘In fact, aside from the occasional pan of seafood, Jonathan is virtually vegetarian.’
      • ‘I dine out three times a week, and the other nights heat up something with a pan of boiled vegetables.’
      • ‘He said the next thing he knew the boy had pulled the pan of hot fat over himself.’
      • ‘Bring a pan of water to the boil, then add the mangetout.’
    2. 1.2 A bowl fitted at either end of a pair of scales:
      ‘she sifted flour on to the wide brass pan of the scales’
      • ‘The price of tobacco was high, the purchaser getting enough leaf to balance the silver coins placed on the other pan of the scales.’
      • ‘We might imagine a scale with two balancing pans.’
      • ‘This is an interesting problem, since all we have is a bathroom scale and the small pan balance the kids have been using to weigh pennies and toy cars.’
      • ‘Setting aside 13 coins, you divide the remaining 26 equally between the two pans of the scale.’
      • ‘But if she's blindfolded, how does she know which pan of the scale is heavier than the other?’
      • ‘Also, I can remember the beam balance with its brass pans, agate fulcrum and box of weights.’
    3. 1.3British The bowl of a toilet:
      ‘peroxide is what they put down the lavatory to disinfect the pan’
      • ‘In the shower, you could sit on the toilet pan and wash your hair at the same time.’
      • ‘I would be ashamed to take any visitors in there; the disabled toilet pan was filthy!’
      • ‘They pinned me down and attacked me, poking their fingers in my eyes, and forced my head into the toilet pan and flushed.’
      • ‘First visit poor, wet dirty floor in spite of dirty wash basins and toilet pans.’
      • ‘I think the toilet pan has survived, but it was a close run thing.’
    4. 1.4 A large container used in a technical or manufacturing process for subjecting a material to heat or a mechanical or chemical process.
      • ‘He walked drunkenly over the cabinet on the wall and picked up a pan used for grouping chemicals used in various experiments.’
      • ‘In this method brine is boiled and agitated in huge tanks called vacuum pans.’
      • ‘A common way to produce salt from brine is by evaporating the water using vacuum pans.’
      • ‘The resulting pans are rough-tuned before heating and fine-tuned after the firing process.’
      • ‘For at least eight centuries, Prestonpans was home to industrial works where massive shallow pans were suspended over fire pits to boil sea water, creating salt used both to flavour food and preserve fish.’
      • ‘The brine was evaporated or ‘walled’ in large, shallow lead pans, positioned over wood or coal fires, until a salt-rich sludge was formed.’
    5. 1.5 A steel drum.
      • ‘To manufacture these pans, hundreds of thousands of hammer strikes were executed upon these drums.’
      • ‘Her father was a steel pan tuner and her mother an accomplished violinist from the Royal Academy of Music.’
      • ‘‘Cello pans’ are played in sets of three or four; triple cello pans are tuned in diminished chords, and four-pan cellos in augmented chords.’
      • ‘Steel pan music is unique in both sound and your own personal perception of each individual song.’
      • ‘Not their skills, but if they get a good drum, a better pan will result.’
      • ‘In a steelband, the melodies are played on a tenor pan, which can play a complete low pitch scale.’
      • ‘If you haven't heard Trini steel pan music, you are really missing something.’
      • ‘The pan is a pitched percussion instrument, tuned chromatically.’
    6. 1.6 A shallow bowl in which gold is separated from gravel and mud by agitation and washing:
      ‘he washed the gold-free surface gravel out over the rim of the pan’
      • ‘Mountain bikes and hiking boots have replaced picks and pans in this Gold Country town.’
      • ‘Spring came, and they found a broad valley where the gold showed like yellow butter across the bottom of the washing pan.’
      • ‘His grandfather sifted gold from pans during Alaska's gold rush of 1896.’
      • ‘With a pick and shovel, and a pan to wash gravel dug from the riverbed, a prospector with no previous experience might gain more in one day than a skilled mechanic earned in a month.’
    7. 1.7 A part of the lock that held the priming in old types of gun:
      ‘prime the pan, pour the powder down the barrel, then ram in the cartridge's paper and ball’
      • ‘These locks featured a round pan and a flat lock plate suitable for engraving.’
      • ‘I was using the cheapest powder down the barrel and in the pan.’
      • ‘The powder charge and the ball and patch had to be rammed separately down the tight-fitting barrel and the pan primed with powder.’
      • ‘Raising the weapon to his shoulder, he checks the pan, lock, and serpentine, wiping away any interfering sand and mud.’
      • ‘The upper segment of this wheel projects through a slot cut to its precise dimensions in the base of the priming pan.’
  • 2A hollow in the ground in which water may collect or in which a deposit of salt remains after water has evaporated.

    • ‘The roads are good, running either side of potato fields and regular cells / pans of water evaporating to produce salt.’
    • ‘The salt refiners extract high grade salt from approximately 3000 hectares of evaporative pans south of the lagoon.’
    • ‘The open pan of the valley had no terrors for us in daylight.’
    hollow, pit, basin, depression, dip, indentation, crater, cavity, concavity
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  • 3A hard stratum of compacted soil:

    ‘heavy spikes can be useful in breaking a surface pan in grassland’
    • ‘Notice the lack of soil structure in the tilled zone and good soil structure below the tillage pan.’
    • ‘If a farmer does not apply lime in his field, the application of fertiliser will be a sheer waste of time, money and labour as soils form what are known as hard pans and remain blocked.’
    • ‘Check for compacted soil layers or pans - these are the silent killers of high yields.’
    • ‘The corn roots grew in the loose soil above the tillage pan and down through the slot cut in a severely compacted tillage pan.’
    • ‘On their lee sides some pans have clay dunes or lunettes composed of sandy, silty, clayey, and salty materials blown out from the pan floor.’
    • ‘If the soil pans have been created, it is necessary to break them by ripping the soil.’
    • ‘Permanent unvegetated salt pans with hypersaline soils are typical of upper marsh habitats.’
    • ‘This should be done when the soil is as dry as possible, and aims to break through any pre-existing hard pans and to open up the subsoil to facilitate rapid and deep penetration of the vine roots.’
    • ‘‘We know what the strata of the soil is, but localised areas can hit hard pans,’ he said.’
  • 4US informal A person's face.

Phrases

  • go down the pan

    • informal Fail utterly:

      ‘the company went down the pan last year’
      • ‘She said: ‘I had tried so hard to train her, but I was losing so much business and my reputation was going down the pan.’’
      • ‘Mind you if it was my product going down the pan, I'd be kicking up a fuss too.’
      • ‘I thought how sad it was to watch him let a perfectly good business go down the pan.’
      • ‘I'd been pretty bright at school, then suddenly I started going down the pan.’
      • ‘The company will be going down the pan in the near future.’
      • ‘They are happy to spend bucket loads of cash on legal advice and consultants while one of the most important events in the district's calendar goes down the pan.’
      • ‘When you cut frontline staff the services go down the pan.’
      • ‘Now that the grants system has, for the most part gone down the pan, students have to fund themselves by borrowing money.’
      • ‘But six centuries of history went down the pan when council officers forgot to fill out the necessary forms to remain a city.’
      • ‘His father was much older, an overweight, shopkeeper whose career was swiftly going down the pan, along with his marriage.’

Phrasal Verbs

  • pan out

    • 1End up; conclude:

      ‘he's happy with the way the deal panned out’
      • ‘If it all pans out great, they'll really be able to crow.’
      • ‘It turns out to be a trap and the typical scenario pans out like this.’
      • ‘It'll be interesting to see how this one pans out.’
      • ‘The work will start again, and all being well it should be completed on schedule but we are waiting to see how the week pans out.’
      • ‘Green, speaking to the Sunday Herald last night, said: ‘We'll just have to wait to see how it pans out this week.’’
      • ‘We are concerned about their level of training and powers they have been given, but we will have to wait and see how it pans out.’
      • ‘Anyway, we'll see how it pans out and who he chooses.’
      • ‘How that pans out, though, that's going to be a mystery.’
      • ‘If the rest of the year pans out in the same way as the first seven months, his forecasts will be out by £11 bn to £12 bn, putting the golden rule in jeopardy however the Treasury chooses to calculate it.’
      • ‘I think it's going to depend very much on how the global economy pans out.’
      • ‘But new demonstrations are called for today; we'll see how that pans out.’
      • ‘Anyway, we'll see how all that pans out in March.’
      • ‘Before that, the game will pan out the way it pans out,’ he said.’
      • ‘We'll follow the legislation and how it pans out.’
      • ‘Well, to be honest, I would wait to see how the whole inquest pans out before judging anyone on that issue, including the driver and the photographers.’
      • ‘It will be interesting to see how the role pans out.’
      • ‘I am interested in following how it all pans out for us.’
      • ‘I shall see how it pans out and what I shall write in the near future.’
      • ‘We're biding our time to see how the radio consolidation game pans out.’
      • ‘Well, we'll see how the media coverage pans out as well.’
      turn out, work out, conclude, result, come out, fall out, develop, evolve
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      1. 1.1Turn out well:
        ‘Harold's idea had been a good one even if it hadn't panned out’
        • ‘Even if stem cell research pans out in the next 20-30 years, human cloning won't even be an issue for a whole lot longer.’
        • ‘I'm still waiting to hear back from the other online job I applied for, but I'm hoping that pans out as well.’
        • ‘It sure looks like an audacious gamble, if it pans out.’
        • ‘If this report pans out, maybe it will be a catalyst.’
        • ‘I also told her that I'd be looking for full or part-time work shortly, so I'm hoping this all pans out.’
        • ‘I'm holding off on further details until we see if this pans out, but I have it from a very good source.’
        • ‘Guess that plan didn't really pan out, but perhaps it would have succeeded if its masterminds used the power of rock to champion their cause.’
        • ‘It may be that none of this pans out, but I think it's partially a reflection of the fact that there are so few states that are really in play on either side.’
        • ‘I'm glad to hear this, and hope it pans out.’
        • ‘If this pans out, it really is an outrageous piece of political malice.’
        succeed, be successful, work, turn out well, work out
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Origin

Old English panne, of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch pan, German Pfanne, perhaps based on Latin patina dish.

Pronunciation:

pan

/pan/

noun

  • A panning movement:

    ‘that slow pan over London’
    • ‘Occasionally, he allows himself the luxury of a slow pan.’
    • ‘As such I was expecting a film with minimal dialogue, long static shots, slow pans, and a plot centered around family dynamics.’
    • ‘Horrendous twitter and jaggies mar the three dimensional pans, which mask the disturbingly uniform trees and empty dirt.’
    • ‘In addition, the spectator is given some delightful glimpses of archival footage of Old Beijing such as the pan across the Forbidden City.’
    • ‘Lock is a great way to prevent yourself from accidentally changing the scale factor with a misplaced pan or zoom.’
    • ‘The animators also overuse long pans over static backgrounds.’
    • ‘The camera continues its pan to the far wall of the tent, where a very unhealthy-looking girl is frothing at the mouth!’
    • ‘Very few camera tricks are employed; the DVD sticks mainly to head shots or middle shots of Bill with occasional pans across the audience.’
    • ‘He uses tracking shots to physically connect his characters to one another and circular pans to visually illustrate his thesis.’
    • ‘The full-frame picture isn't an annoyance; there's no sense of parts of the scene being lopped off at the edges, and there are no intrusive pans.’
    • ‘The pacing is steady but slow, with slow blues and soul music matching the gentle pans and steady shots in the cinematography.’
    • ‘The last bonus is a movie poster feature that begins with long, slow, close-up pans of the posters followed by a full-screen view.’
    • ‘Thus the tense, often jarring interplay between rapid pans or other movement, and stationary close-ups.’
    • ‘This camera looks down on the city centre but has no left pan.’
    • ‘Best of them all was the slow pan of 59 former Oscar winning performers, who were seated in rows of chairs on the center stage.’
    • ‘The rear soundstage gets play, but there are no directional pans.’
    • ‘A slow pan across and down stops on each one, names them and the awards they've won.’
    • ‘But there are also a certain number of slow lateral and circular pans, as well as more rapid views from a car moving through various villages.’
    • ‘Try to avoid very fast panning or very slow boring pans.’
    • ‘Next we move to the classroom where a slow pan reveals that the pupils are all chewing gum.’

Pronunciation:

pan

/pan/

Main definitions of pan in English

: pan1pan2

pan2

noun

  • variant spelling of paan

Pronunciation:

pan

/pan/