Definition of "pan" []

  • A shallow, wide, open container, usually of metal and without a lid, used for holding liquids, cooking, and other domestic purposes. (noun)
  • A vessel similar in form to a pan, especially: (noun)
  • An open metal dish used to separate gold or other metal from gravel or waste by washing. (noun)
  • Either of the receptacles on a balance or pair of scales. (noun)
  • A vessel used for boiling and evaporating liquids. (noun)
  • A wide metal vessel used in cooking (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • (in combination) (noun)
  • The amount such a vessel will hold (noun)
  • Any of various similar vessels used esp in industry, as for boiling liquids (noun)
  • A dish used by prospectors, esp gold prospectors, for separating a valuable mineral from the gravel or earth containing it by washing and agitating (noun)
  • Either of the two dishlike receptacles on a balance (noun)
  • The bowl of a lavatory (noun)
  • A natural or artificial depression in the ground where salt can be obtained by the evaporation of brine (noun)
  • A natural depression containing water or mud (noun)
  • The indented top from an oil drum used as the treble drum in a steel band (noun)
  • A small ice floe (noun)
  • A small cavity containing priming powder in the locks of old guns (noun)
  • A hard substratum of soil (noun)
  • To wash (gravel) in a pan to separate particles of (valuable minerals) from it (verb)
  • (of gravel) to yield valuable minerals by this process (verb)
  • To criticize harshly (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "pan" in a sentence
  • "He put a big tin pan from the kitchen on his head, used a broom for a gun on this shoulder, and he started to mark time like a soldier …"
  • "Very lightly grease a 12-cup muffin pan (skip this step if your pan is nonstick)."
  • "Make sure the top of the muffin pan is also sprayed."