Pan, n. [OE. See 2d Pane.]


A part; a portion.

2. Fort.

The distance comprised between the angle of the epaule and the flanked angle.

3. [Perh. a different word.]

A leaf of gold or silver.


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Pan, v. t. & i. [Cf. F. pan skirt, lappet, L. pannus a cloth, rag, W. panu to fur, to full.]

To join or fit together; to unite.




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Pan (?), n. [Hind. pan, Skr. parna leaf.]

The betel leaf; also, the masticatory made of the betel leaf, etc. See etel.


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Pan (?), n. [L., fr. Gr. .] Gr. Myth.

The god of shepherds, guardian of bees, and patron of fishing and hunting. He is usually represented as having the head and trunk of a man, with the legs, horns, and tail of a goat, and as playing on the shepherd's pipe, which he is said to have invented.


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Pan, n. [OE. panne, AS. panne; cf. D. pan, G. pfanne, OHG. pfanna, Icel., Sw., LL., & Ir. panna, of uncertain origin; cf. L. patina, E. paten.]


A shallow, open dish or vessel, usually of metal, employed for many domestic uses, as for setting milk for cream, for frying or baking food, etc.; also employed for various uses in manufacturing.

"A bowl or a pan."


2. Manuf.

A closed vessel for boiling or evaporating. See Vacuum pan, under Vacuum.


The part of a flintlock which holds the priming.


The skull, considered as a vessel containing the brain; the upper part of the head; the brainpan; the cranium.


5. Crp.

A recess, or bed, for the leaf of a hinge.


The hard stratum of earth that lies below the soil. See Hard pan, under Hard.


A natural basin, containing salt or fresh water, or mud.

Flash in the pan. See under Flash. -- To savor of the pan, to suggest the process of cooking or burning; in a theological sense, to be heretical.

Ridley. Southey.


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Pan, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Panned (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Panning.] Mining

To separate, as gold, from dirt or sand, by washing in a kind of pan.

[U. S.]

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. Gen. W. T. Sherman.


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Pan, v. i.

1. Mining

To yield gold in, or as in, the process of panning; -- usually with out; as, the gravel panned out richly.


To turn out (profitably or unprofitably); to result; to develop; as, the investigation, or the speculation, panned out poorly.

[Slang, U. S.]

<-- Pan v.t. & i., to scan (a movie camera), usu. in a horizontal direction, to obtain a panoramic effect; also, to move the camera so as to keep the subject in view. 2. to criticise (a drama or literary work) harshly. -->


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