ldoce_246_fpanpan1 /pæn/ ●●●S3W3 noun [countable]1for cookingDFU a roundmetalcontainer that you use for cooking, usually with one long handle and a lid syn saucepana frying panpots and pansCook the pasta in a large pan of boiling water.2for baking cakes etc American EnglishDFU a metal container for baking things in syn tin British Englisha cake pan3open container American EnglishTIHCM a wide, usually round, open container with low sides, used for holding liquids4toilet British EnglishDHH the bowl of a toilet5 →go down the pan →warming pan, → a flash in the panat flash2(5)
panpan2 verb (panned, panning)1criticize [transitive] informalATC to strongly criticize a film, play etc in a newspaper or on television or radioThe movie was panned by the critics.► see thesaurus at criticize2cameraa)[intransitive always + adverb/preposition]AM if a film or television camera pans in a particular direction, it moves in that direction and follows the thing that is being filmedThe camera panned slowly across the crowd.b)[intransitive, transitive]AM to move a camera in this way3gold [intransitive, transitive] to washsoil in a metal container in order to separategold from other substancespan forpanning for gold in Alaska →pan out→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpus
pan• The camera panned back as he prepared to play.• The camera panned back to the cat sitting in the corner.• The movie was panned by all the critics.• Moving the mousenear the edge of the screen makes it pan in that direction.• Barnes panned the show in Thursday's "Times."• He panned towards a piano, saw her saunter over to it.pan for• Henkins moved to the Sierras to pan for gold.