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.
a metal container for baking things in [= tin British English]
for baking cakes etcAmerican EnglishDFU
a cake pan
a wide, usually round, open container with low sides, used for holding liquids
open containerAmerican EnglishTI
the bowl of a toilet
5 British English informal
to be wasted or become useless or ruined:
The business is rapidly going down the pan.