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Dictionary Definition



1 cooking utensil consisting of a wide metal vessel [syn: cooking pan]
2 (Greek mythology) god of fields and woods and shepherds and flocks; represented as a man with goat's legs and horns and ears; identified with Roman Sylvanus or Faunus [syn: the goat god]
3 shallow container made of metal
4 chimpanzees; more closely related to Australopithecus than to other pongids [syn: genus Pan]


1 make a sweeping movement; "The camera panned across the room"
2 wash dirt in a pan to separate out the precious minerals [syn: pan out, pan off]
3 express a totally negative opinion of; "The critics panned the performance" [syn: tear apart, trash] [also: panning, panned]panning See pan

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. present participle of pan

Extensive Definition

Pan and panning can have many meanings as listed below in various categories. Pan- as a prefix is derived from the Greek παν which means 'of everything', 'all' or 'involving all members' of a group.


  • An honorary title of nobles now a customary term of respect in everyday Polish communication as: Pani, Panna, Pan, (Panicz), Państwo . Cognate with Ban. Pan is also a Ukrainian and Czech honorific, roughly equivalent to "Lord", "Sir" or "Mr.".

Cooking, food and drink



Electronics and photography

  • Panning (camera), a movement of a film or video camera (rotating on a vertical axis)
  • Pan and scan, technique for reproducing wide-screen films on narrow TV screens.
  • Panning (antenna systems), in antenna systems, successively changing the azimuth of a beam of radio-frequency energy over the elements of a given horizontal region.
  • Panning (audio), the spread of a monaural signal in a stereo or multi-channel sound field.
  • Panchromatic black-and-white film.

Religion and Mythology




The acronym PAN can refer to:

Names of political parties

Other uses

panning in Tosk Albanian: PAN
panning in Czech: Pan
panning in Welsh: Pan (gwahaniaethu)
panning in Danish: Pan (flertydig)
panning in German: Pan
panning in Spanish: PAN
panning in Spanish: Pan (desambiguación)
panning in Esperanto: PAN
panning in Basque: PAN
panning in French: PAN
panning in Galician: Pan
panning in Hebrew: PAN
panning in Croatian: Pan
panning in Italian: PAN
panning in Japanese: PAN
panning in Kölsch: PAN (Watt ėßß datt?)
panning in Dutch: PAN
panning in Norwegian: Pan
panning in Norwegian Nynorsk: Pan (fleirtyding)
panning in Low German: Pan
panning in Latin: Pan
panning in Luxembourgish: Pan
panning in Lithuanian: Panas
panning in Polish: Pan (ujednoznacznienie)
panning in Portuguese: PAN
panning in Romanian: Pan (dezambiguizare)
panning in Russian: Пан
panning in Simple English: Pan
panning in Turkish: Pan
panning in Finnish: Pan (täsmennyssivu)

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