Main definitions of pan in English

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noun

  • 1A container made of metal and used for cooking food in.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In an adjacent room, domestic workers dressed in aprons were sitting around a table decked with pots and pans for a cooking lesson.’
    • ‘Using nonstick pans or spraying pans with nonstick cooking spray will further reduce the amount of fat and calories added to your meals.’
    • ‘It would not, however, make sense to sacrifice rare or expensive wines in the cooking pan.’
    • ‘Place the chicken, skinned side up, on a rack in a roasting pan coated with cooking spray.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She could understand why they would need cooking pots and pans, rope, blankets, even the sword he had taken with him.’
    • ‘To get started, coat a grill pan with the cooking spray and rub both sides of the steaks with the seasoning of your choice.’
    • ‘Holiday cooking pans and gadgets should be stowed in the attic, garage or in a closet.’
    • ‘Sometimes my mother would be cooking and she'd just pack up the pots and pans with the food still in them.’
    • ‘Fabric softener sheets are claimed to clean baked on foods from cooking pots and pans.’
    • ‘Ticket holders have access to several stations where chefs prepare the food in woks and large sauté pans.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They are almost in darkness watching their blackened cooking pans.’
    • ‘Mrs Vale thought as she turned and rushed for the door that led outside, forgetting the cooking pan in her hand.’
    • ‘The rain banged hard and fast on my head like a small toddler drumming contently on a cooking pan with a spoon.’
    • ‘The kitchen was normal, he noticed, with all assortments of pots, pans, and cooking implements.’
    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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Bring a pan of water to the boil, then add the mangetout.’
      • ‘Afraid to argue further, Yeager went to fetch a bottle of whiskey and a pan of cold boiled beef, which Gallagher wolfed down.’
      • ‘Clean aluminum coffeepots and remove lime deposits by boiling equal pans of water and white vinegar.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She dropped by one afternoon when I was sick with a pan of brownies and a video tape with my favorite show on it.’
      • ‘In fact, aside from the occasional pan of seafood, Jonathan is virtually vegetarian.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘At the age of three I managed to pull a pan of boiling milk over me.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I felt old when I first made four pans of my dinner dish and walked two, covered with foil, across the street.’
      • ‘Forget the tiny sprig strategically placed on a lemon sole or the meagre pinch of mint in a pan of potatoes.’
      • ‘Jim motioned towards the pan of raw eggs waiting on the stove.’
      • ‘He was carrying a sack of hay for the donkey and a pan of hot black coffee for the driver.’
      • ‘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 was so mad last evening I did what any reasonable woman would do - baked a pan of brownies.’
      • ‘Another pal is also making a huge pan of curry and chapattis.’
      • ‘He said the next thing he knew the boy had pulled the pan of hot fat over himself.’
      • ‘I dine out three times a week, and the other nights heat up something with a pan of boiled vegetables.’
      • ‘Two soldiers burst in with guns and they gave us a big pan of soup.’
    2. 1.2 A bowl fitted at either end of a balance, in which items to be weighed are set.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But if she's blindfolded, how does she know which pan of the scale is heavier than the other?’
      • ‘Setting aside 13 coins, you divide the remaining 26 equally between the two pans of the scale.’
      • ‘Also, I can remember the beam balance with its brass pans, agate fulcrum and box of weights.’
    3. 1.3 A large container used in a technical or manufacturing process for subjecting a material to heat or a mechanical or chemical process.
      • ‘In this method brine is boiled and agitated in huge tanks called vacuum pans.’
      • ‘He walked drunkenly over the cabinet on the wall and picked up a pan used for grouping chemicals used in various experiments.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The resulting pans are rough-tuned before heating and fine-tuned after the firing process.’
      • ‘A common way to produce salt from brine is by evaporating the water using vacuum pans.’
    4. 1.4
      another term for steel drum
      • ‘‘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.’
      • ‘In a steelband, the melodies are played on a tenor pan, which can play a complete low pitch scale.’
      • ‘Steel pan music is unique in both sound and your own personal perception of each individual song.’
      • ‘Her father was a steel pan tuner and her mother an accomplished violinist from the Royal Academy of Music.’
      • ‘If you haven't heard Trini steel pan music, you are really missing something.’
      • ‘The pan is a pitched percussion instrument, tuned chromatically.’
      • ‘To manufacture these pans, hundreds of thousands of hammer strikes were executed upon these drums.’
      • ‘Not their skills, but if they get a good drum, a better pan will result.’
    5. 1.5 A shallow bowl in which gold is separated from gravel and mud by agitation and washing.
      • ‘Mountain bikes and hiking boots have replaced picks and pans in this Gold Country town.’
      • ‘His grandfather sifted gold from pans during Alaska's gold rush of 1896.’
      • ‘Spring came, and they found a broad valley where the gold showed like yellow butter across the bottom of the washing pan.’
      • ‘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.’
    6. 1.6 A part of the lock that held the priming in old types of guns.
      • ‘These locks featured a round pan and a flat lock plate suitable for engraving.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The powder charge and the ball and patch had to be rammed separately down the tight-fitting barrel and the pan primed with powder.’
      • ‘I was using the cheapest powder down the barrel and in the pan.’
  • 2A hard stratum of compacted soil.

    • ‘Permanent unvegetated salt pans with hypersaline soils are typical of upper marsh habitats.’
    • ‘Check for compacted soil layers or pans - these are the silent killers of high yields.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Notice the lack of soil structure in the tilled zone and good soil structure below the tillage pan.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If the soil pans have been created, it is necessary to break them by ripping the soil.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The roads are good, running either side of potato fields and regular cells / pans of water evaporating to produce salt.’
    • ‘‘We know what the strata of the soil is, but localised areas can hit hard pans,’ he said.’
    • ‘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.’
    hollow, pit, basin, depression, dip, indentation, crater, cavity, concavity
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  • 3US informal A person's face.

  • 4A hollow in the ground in which water may collect or in which a deposit of salt remains after water has evaporated.

    hollow, pit, basin, depression, dip, indentation, crater, cavity, concavity
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verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1informal Criticize (someone or something) severely.

    ‘the movie was panned by the critics’
    • ‘Sure, the book was critically panned; but literary excellence was never on the agenda.’
    • ‘What is very sad is that it was critically panned at its opening and three months later Bizet died, a broken man.’
    • ‘I see a critic panned it, but I found it quite amusing.’
    • ‘At the end of the Eighties, everything in my life came unstuck; the critics panned my Joan of Arc musical and my long-term relationship fell horribly apart.’
    • ‘Back home his buoyant show was critically panned and publicly popular; and the reason, I suspect, is that it offers a disenchanted view that doesn't get much airing in the predominantly pliant media.’
    • ‘I suspect many actors would agree they did not perfect their craft reading rave reviews but rather those in which the critics panned their performances.’
    • ‘But after the movie was panned by the American critics and failed at the box-office, he began denouncing it publicly.’
    • ‘Critics mercilessly panned this romantic gangster comedy when it first appeared on the big screen, but is it really that bad?’
    • ‘The Academy is best known for its summer exhibition, often panned by the critics’
    • ‘The critics panned them and questioned the arrogance which had convinced this mere illustrator that he could dream of being taken ‘seriously’.’
    • ‘For a writer, being panned by a critic can be the last straw, as you nervously bring your inky pride and joy into public view after umpteen years of sweat and sacrifice.’
    • ‘Both were panned by critics in the American media and both were controversial.’
    • ‘Written in 1924, the symphony was panned by the critics of the day for being ‘vulgar and aggressive’.’
    • ‘Apparently, these two don't realize they're watching a movie that was universally panned by critics and audiences alike.’
    • ‘Five films from the dead French director's oeuvre that were critically panned on their original release get commercially brave DVD releases.’
    • ‘Yet despite suffering a critical panning it has emerged as a massive hit, raking in $32.2 million at the US box office last weekend.’
    • ‘Universally panned by the critics but loved by the public, it will be screened at Fairfield alongside the gospel performances.’
    • ‘Inspite of being panned by the critics, it has appealed to all kinds of audiences.’
    • ‘Critics who panned this movie for being too clever for its own good or too remote in its postmodern sophistry haven't quite figured out that intellectual rigour doesn't automatically negate emotional resonance.’
    criticize, censure, attack, lambaste, condemn, find fault with, give a bad press to, flay, savage, shoot down, bring under fire
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  • 2Wash gravel in a pan to separate out (gold)

    ‘the old-timers panned gold’
    no object ‘prospectors panned for gold in the Yukon’
    • ‘A prospector named Jake Snively panned gold in a bend in the river about 20 miles east of Yuma.’
    • ‘In my experience, it is like pulling teeth to get emotional detail out of some men, and similarly like panning for gold to get political conversation out of some women.’
    • ‘In Mozambique, gold has occasionally been panned from alluvial deposits close to the Zimbabwe border.’
    • ‘Some are dropping out to pan for gold in the nearby Umzingwane River.’
    • ‘For every nugget of gold you've got to pan a hell of a lot of sand.’
    • ‘Australia has a new gold panning champion in Pine Creek man Fingers McPhee.’
    • ‘If you're panning for gold, you have to sift through a lot of dirt before you find it.’
    • ‘Wading in a pool of brackish water, a man pans for rubies, sapphires and other gems using a basket at one of Sri Lanka's many pit mines.’
    • ‘Teachers, parents and children dressed in cowboy gear, panned for gold, and played some very unusual games.’
    • ‘We are small people, we have nothing to live from except planting our fields, plantations and panning for gold.’
    • ‘Here, perhaps for amusement or for practice before entering the gold fields, soon-to-be prospectors panned for gold.’
    • ‘As it was about one p.m. we assumed that he had just stopped by for lunch but when he had finished eating he took from his car a large wok-like pan and started panning the gravel from the river bed.’
    • ‘Chronicling a campaign day is akin to panning for gold.’
    • ‘Iron, copper, and coal were originally mined from outcroppings at or near the earth's surface, and gold was panned in streams.’
    • ‘Before that, he had spent six months with Antipodean cousins, in an old prospecting town, panning for gold.’
    • ‘He worked on ranches, sold newspapers, and panned for gold to pay for his education at the Boston Latin School.’
    • ‘There's a notion that it's like panning for gold or something in the old days, this notion that it's a way to get rich, or get in or something like that.’
    • ‘Towards the end of out visit, we stopped at a gold panning/rock shop that sold gold panning equipment, lessons and all kinds of doodads.’
    • ‘There were three other sightings that this witness has been involved in and he gave us some details of these previous sightings, as well as how he panned for gold near his property.’
    • ‘For the time being anyway, since no one is entirely sure exactly where in the Lowthers the gold comes from, panning remains a weekend hobby that demands endless patience for comparatively tiny financial rewards.’
    sift for, search for, look for
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    1. 2.1 (of gravel) yield gold.
      • ‘They can keep the gold they pan out as souvenirs of modest value, plus get a certificate, a medal and perhaps a bag of local cookies or a bottle of schnapps as a trophy.’
      • ‘Not all the prospects pan out, but occasionally an owner will strike gold.’
      • ‘Feel the rush as you pan out a real nugget of gold.’
      • ‘Instead of panning out gold, several would be prospectors panned out pyrope garnet.’

Phrasal Verbs

  • pan out

    • 1Turn out well.

      ‘Harold's idea had been a good one even if it hadn't panned out’
      • ‘It sure looks like an audacious gamble, if it pans out.’
      • ‘If this report pans out, maybe it will be a catalyst.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘If this pans out, it really is an outrageous piece of political malice.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I'm glad to hear this, and hope it pans out.’
      • ‘I also told her that I'd be looking for full or part-time work shortly, so I'm hoping this all pans out.’
      • ‘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 holding off on further details until we see if this pans out, but I have it from a very good source.’
      succeed, be successful, work, turn out well, work out
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      1. 1.1End 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.’
        • ‘I think it's going to depend very much on how the global economy pans out.’
        • ‘I am interested in following how it all pans out for us.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘It turns out to be a trap and the typical scenario pans out like this.’
        • ‘I shall see how it pans out and what I shall write in the near future.’
        • ‘But new demonstrations are called for today; we'll see how that pans out.’
        • ‘Anyway, we'll see how it pans out and who he chooses.’
        • ‘We'll follow the legislation and how it 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.’’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘We're biding our time to see how the radio consolidation game pans out.’
        • ‘Before that, the game will pan out the way it pans out,’ he said.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘Well, we'll see how the media coverage pans out as well.’
        • ‘It will be interesting to see how the role pans out.’
        • ‘It'll be interesting to see how this one pans out.’
        • ‘Anyway, we'll see how all that pans out in March.’
        turn out, work out, conclude, end, end up, result, come out, fall out, develop, evolve
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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//pæn/

Main definitions of pan in English

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pan2

verb

  • 1with object and adverbial of direction Swing (a video or movie camera) in a horizontal or vertical plane, typically to give a panoramic effect or follow a subject.

    • ‘You can pan the camera around but it only helps to change direction.’
    • ‘We are moving into some traffic as I pan the camera through the passenger-side window.’
    • ‘You can pan the camera in any direction and can zoom in and out, but in most cases the default view gives you a good view of the battle.’
    • ‘The camera can be panned, tilted, zoomed and focused using controls at the base of the trailer,’
    • ‘With a wide view, you can usually pan the camera very slowly to follow the action, just like people do when moving their heads.’
    • ‘No matter how I tried to get into the game, the way you pan the camera around was nagging at me at every juncture.’
    • ‘Heading on down the wall, I practise panning my camera 90° through the water, trying to picture another ray, or perhaps even an angelshark, appearing out of the gloom and flying right towards us.’
    • ‘Luckily, you'll be able to pan the camera around these characters with the right thumb stick.’
    • ‘Down, down it curves - the filmmaker doing a nice job of panning the camera to match the object's trajectory.’
    • ‘McMullen, looking through an infrared lens, panned the camera down and couldn't believe what he saw.’
    • ‘An in-joke among regulars at his East 47th Street Factory was to try to get Andy to pan the camera.’
    • ‘She panned the exterior camera over the surface and fed the data to the viewer.’
    • ‘I panned my camera across to Mark who was in the midst of another close encounter.’
    • ‘Unsurprisingly enough, rpan pans the camera from left to right, rtilt tilts it up and down, rfocus refocuses it, rzoom zooms in or out, and riris sets the iris to suit the light.’
    • ‘This means that the camera, once mounted, can be panned and tilted through a full degree range in all directions.’
    • ‘People will be able to press a button and speak to someone directly in the CCTV control room, who will pan the camera to observe them.’
    • ‘So, when Ken talks merrily of cameras being panned, zoomed and being used to identify drivers, we have clear drift in purpose.’
    1. 1.1no object , with adverbial of direction (of a camera) be swung in a horizontal or vertical plane.
      ‘the camera panned to the dead dictator’
      • ‘We then see the interior of the prison, with the camera panning across the room - priests, monks and soldiers milling about, some talking together in the foreground.’
      • ‘I just wonder if the photographer could just pan down for a minute.’
      • ‘The shot begins with the camera panning down from the sky to a beach.’
      • ‘It's hard not to be horrified when the camera pans round to show a bloated and discoloured naked female corpse lying rotting under a tree, where it has been left for the CSIs to discover.’
      • ‘A panning shot involves the camera being in a fixed position but swivelling or panning to follow a subject or survey a scene.’
      • ‘In the scene, the camera is panning from left to right, causing the objects in the image to slide rapidly across the screen.’
      • ‘In the same series, a camera panned to a West Indies fielder sheltering under a large umbrella.’
      • ‘The next-to-last shot of the series depicted the camera slowly panning back from a close-up to a long shot of the four inmates.’
      • ‘It was obviously taken by a surveillance camera panning back and forth across a room of civilians.’
      • ‘The camera pans continuously over stones and foliage in a watery landscape that seems lush and full.’
      • ‘One of the first things they noticed was that the tape from the camera panning over the stage had been removed.’
      • ‘So, for example, while a camera is still panning around her, she hovers in the air, then suddenly unleashes a rapid fury of kicks and punches.’
      • ‘She walks directly towards the hand held camera that pans left to follow her as she disappears behind a column.’
      • ‘Well, the stage may have been small, but my fears were put to rest when the camera panned around the large packed theater.’
      • ‘With a slow-motion gaze, the camera panned across a sea of nameless people, focusing on expressions of worry, boredom and anticipation as they awaited their party's arrival.’
      • ‘The commentators were discussing defensive match-ups while the camera was panning over the crowd, occasionally stopping on a celebrity.’
      • ‘There is no animation at all, simply a superzoomed camera panning slowly over the static illustration while a narrator reads the page.’
      • ‘And if we just pan around to the left, we'll take a look at the scene outside.’
      • ‘Up until this point the trajectory of the surveillance files has been like that of a camera panning closer and closer on the suspect.’
      • ‘Effects originate in all the surrounds, and sweeping / panning effects are used frequently.’
      swing, swing round, sweep, track, move, turn, circle
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noun

  • A panning movement.

    ‘that slow pan over Los Angeles’
    • ‘He uses tracking shots to physically connect his characters to one another and circular pans to visually illustrate his thesis.’
    • ‘The camera continues its pan to the far wall of the tent, where a very unhealthy-looking girl is frothing at the mouth!’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A slow pan across and down stops on each one, names them and the awards they've won.’
    • ‘As such I was expecting a film with minimal dialogue, long static shots, slow pans, and a plot centered around family dynamics.’
    • ‘The pacing is steady but slow, with slow blues and soul music matching the gentle pans and steady shots in the cinematography.’
    • ‘Very few camera tricks are employed; the DVD sticks mainly to head shots or middle shots of Bill with occasional pans across the audience.’
    • ‘Horrendous twitter and jaggies mar the three dimensional pans, which mask the disturbingly uniform trees and empty dirt.’
    • ‘Next we move to the classroom where a slow pan reveals that the pupils are all chewing gum.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This camera looks down on the city centre but has no left pan.’
    • ‘Try to avoid very fast panning or very slow boring pans.’
    • ‘In addition, the spectator is given some delightful glimpses of archival footage of Old Beijing such as the pan across the Forbidden City.’
    • ‘The animators also overuse long pans over static backgrounds.’
    • ‘Thus the tense, often jarring interplay between rapid pans or other movement, and stationary close-ups.’
    • ‘Lock is a great way to prevent yourself from accidentally changing the scale factor with a misplaced pan or zoom.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Occasionally, he allows himself the luxury of a slow 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.’

Phrases

  • pan and scan

    • A technique for narrowing the aspect ratio of a widescreen movie to fit the squarer shape of a television screen by continuously selecting the portion of the original picture with the most significance, rather than just the middle portion.

      • ‘The picture is presented in both pan and scan full screen and widescreen 1.85: 1 aspect ratio enhanced for widescreen TVs.’
      • ‘In the 1980s, movie buffs became more and more dissatisfied with the pan and scan process for viewing films on television.’
      • ‘This edition includes both a pan and scan and a widescreen print of the film on the same disc.’
      • ‘The disc gives you a choice between pan and scan and a non-anamorphic widescreen transfer.’
      • ‘Here is a good example of a movie that works infinitely better in widescreen than in pan and scan.’
      • ‘I am glad to get this movie in a widescreen edition: any type of pan and scan would not have done the visuals justice.’
      • ‘Until about 1990, most people were generally satisfied watching films that were panned and scanned.’
      • ‘I know many videophiles will be aghast, but my concern in changing ratios stems from butchering widescreen to pan and scan.’
      • ‘It is presented in 1.85: 1 letterbox on the widescreen side, and pan and scan on the flip side.’
      • ‘Even in art house showings, the film was always in the pan and scan rather than the wide-screen release that I kept reading about.’

Origin

Early 20th century: abbreviation of panorama.

Pronunciation

pan

/pæn//pan/

Main definitions of pan in English

: pan1pan2pan3Pan4

pan3

noun

  • variant spelling of paan

Pronunciation

pan

/pän/

Main definitions of pan in English

: pan1pan2pan3Pan4

Pan4

proper noun

Greek Mythology
  • A god of flocks and herds, typically represented with the horns, ears, and legs of a goat on a man's body. His sudden appearance was supposed to cause terror similar to that of a frightened and stampeding herd, and the word panic is derived from his name.

Origin

Probably originally in the sense ‘the feeder’ (i.e. herdsman), although the name was regularly associated with Greek pas or pan (= ‘all’), giving rise to his identification as a god of nature or the universe.

Pronunciation

Pan

/pan/