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/ pAn; pAn/ n (often in compounds ) 1 (a) wide flat (usu metal) container, with a handle or handles, used for cooking food in ; : a `frying-pan * a saucepan * pots and pans . =>illus . (b) amount contained in this : a pan of hot fat . 2 any of various types of bowl-shaped containers : a lavatory pan, ie its porcelain bowl * a `bedpan * a `dustpan . 3 either of the dishes on a pair of scales .=>illus at scale scale. 4 metal dish in which gravel is washed to separate it from gold or othervaluable minerals . 5 = salt-pan (salt).6 = hard-pan (hard). 7 small cavity for gunpowder in the lock of an old type of gun .8 (idm ) a flash in the pan => flash1.
OXFORD ENGLISH DICTIONARY posted at 2009-11-22 13:42:02
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pan
/ pAn; pAn/ v (-nn-) (cinema or broadcasting ) (a) [Tn, Tn.pr] move (a camera) to the right or left to follow a moving object or to show a wide view . (b) [I, Ipr] (of a camera, etc) move in this way : The shot panned slowly across the room. .
OXFORD ENGLISH DICTIONARY posted at 2009-11-22 13:42:02
salt-pan (also pan)
n hollow near the sea where salt is obtained by evaporation .
OXFORD ENGLISH DICTIONARY posted at 2009-11-22 13:42:02
pan
v (-nn-) 1 [I, Ipr] ~ (for sth) wash gravel in a pan in order to find gold or other valuable minerals : prospectors panning for gold . 2 [Tn] (infml ) criticize (sth) severely : The film was panned by the critics. . 3 (phr v) pan sth off/out wash (gravel) in a pan, to separate gold or other valuable minerals from it . pan out (a) (of gravel, a river, an area, etc) yield gold or other valuable minerals . (b) (infml ) (of events or circumstances) develop; turn out , : It depends how things pan out. .
OXFORD ENGLISH DICTIONARY posted at 2009-11-22 13:42:02
salt-pan (also pan)
n hollow near the sea where salt is obtained by evaporation .
OXFORD ENGLISH DICTIONARY posted at 2009-11-22 13:42:02
pan
/ pAn; pAn/ v (-nn-) (cinema or broadcasting ) (a) [Tn, Tn.pr] move (a camera) to the right or left to follow a moving object or to show a wide view . (b) [I, Ipr] (of a camera, etc) move in this way : The shot panned slowly across the room. .
OXFORD ENGLISH DICTIONARY posted at 2009-11-22 13:42:02
pan
v (-nn-) 1 [I, Ipr] ~ (for sth) wash gravel in a pan in order to find gold or other valuable minerals : prospectors panning for gold . 2 [Tn] (infml ) criticize (sth) severely : The film was panned by the critics. . 3 (phr v) pan sth off/out wash (gravel) in a pan, to separate gold or other valuable minerals from it . pan out (a) (of gravel, a river, an area, etc) yield gold or other valuable minerals . (b) (infml ) (of events or circumstances) develop; turn out , : It depends how things pan out. .
OXFORD ENGLISH DICTIONARY posted at 2009-11-22 13:42:02

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