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Topic: INDUSTRY

Language: Old English
Origin: panne

pan

1 noun
     
pan
pan1 [countable]
1

for cooking

DFU a round metal container that you use for cooking, usually with one long handle and a lid [= saucepan]:
a frying pan
pots and pans
Cook the pasta in a large pan of boiling water.
2

for baking cakes etc

American EnglishDFU a metal container for baking things in [= tin British English]
a cake pan
3

open container

American EnglishTI a wide, usually round, open container with low sides, used for holding liquids
4

toilet

British English the bowl of a toilet
5

go down the pan

British English informal to be wasted or become useless or ruined:
The business is rapidly going down the pan.
warming pan

➔ a flash in the pan

at flash2 (5)
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