- a usually shallow and open metal container that has a handle and that is used for cooking or baking
- The rice is in a pan on the stove.
- Spread the batter evenly in the pan [=(Brit) tin] and bake for 40 minutes.
- a cake/loaf/roasting pan
- He panned the camera over the seats of the stadium.
- The camera panned the seats of the stadium.
- The director/camera panned past the pile of shoes to the bare feet of the playing children.
- to criticize (a book, movie, play, etc.) severely
- The newspaper's movie critic panned the film.
- The book was panned by the critics.
- The gold mine is no longer in use, but visitors to the mine can still pan for gold.
- We heard reports of people panning gold upriver.
- We'll have to see how things pan out. [=turn out]
- If things don't pan out [=work out] here, I'll move back to the city.
- Her plans never panned out.
- He applied for a number of jobs and is hoping that one of them will pan out. [=hoping that he will get one of the jobs]