Other forms: pans; panned; panning; paned

A pan can be a cooking utensil, a negative opinion, or a sweeping camera shot. You cook eggs in a pan, but as a film critic you might pan a new docudrama for poor editing and overuse of pan shots.

A pan is a shallow metal object that you use to cook food. It can also be a verb indicating you're expressing a negative view. To pan a performance, book, or movie is to say that you think it stunk. If all the critics pan something, sales usually go down, but not always. To pan a film or video camera is to move it from left to right or right to left in a smooth motion.

Definitions of pan
  1. noun
    shallow container made of metal
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    a large pan that is filled with hot water; smaller pans containing food can be set in the larger pan to keep food warm or to cook food slowly
    large pan for washing dishes
    drip pan
    pan under a refrigerator for collecting liquid waste
    a small pan or cup (usually of tin)
    warming pan
    a long-handled covered pan holding live coals to warm a bed
    type of:
    any object that can be used to hold things (especially a large metal boxlike object of standardized dimensions that can be loaded from one form of transport to another)
  2. noun
    cooking utensil consisting of a wide metal vessel
    synonyms: cooking pan
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    drip pan, dripping pan
    pan for catching drippings under roasting meat
    frying pan, frypan, skillet
    a pan used for frying foods
    omelet pan, omelette pan
    pan for cooking omelets
    a pan for cooking patties or pasties
    a special cooking pan for roasting
    a deep pan with a handle; used for stewing or boiling
    pan with a convex bottom; used for frying in Chinese cooking
    double boiler, double saucepan
    two saucepans, one fitting inside the other
    electric frying pan
    a frying pan heated by electricity
    a skillet made of cast iron
    stewing pan, stewpan
    a saucepan used for stewing
    type of:
    cooking utensil, cookware
    a kitchen utensil made of material that does not melt easily; used for cooking
  3. verb
    wash dirt in a pan to separate out the precious minerals
    synonyms: pan off, pan out
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    type of:
    separate dirt or gravel from (precious minerals)
  4. verb
    express a totally negative opinion of
    “The critics panned the performance”
    synonyms: tear apart, trash
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    type of:
    belittle, disparage, pick at
    express a negative opinion of
  5. verb
    make a sweeping movement
    “The camera panned across the room”
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    type of:
    go, locomote, move, travel
    change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically




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