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Origin and Meaning of Pan

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Pan
  1. A part; a portion.
  2. [Fort] The distance comprised between the angle of the epaule and the flanked angle.
  3. Etymology: Perh. a different word

    A leaf of gold or silver.

Etymology: OE. See 2d Pane

verb Pan
To join or fit together; to unite.

Etymology: Cf. F. pan skirt, lappet, L. pannus a cloth, rag, W. panu to fur, to full

noun Pan
The betel leaf; also, the masticatory made of the betel leaf, etc. See Betel.

Etymology: Hind. pān, Skr. parna leaf

noun Pan
The god of shepherds, guardian of bees, and patron of fishing and hunting. He is usually represented as having the head and trunk of a man, with the legs, horns, and tail of a goat, and as playing on the shepherd's pipe (also called the pipes of Pan), which he is said to have invented.

Etymology: L., fr. Gr. �

noun Pan
  1. A shallow, open dish or vessel, usually of metal, employed for many domestic uses, as for setting milk for cream, for frying or baking food, etc.; also employed for various uses in manufacturing."A bowl or a pan." [Chaucer.]
  2. [Manuf] A closed vessel for boiling or evaporating. See Vacuum pan, under Vacuum.
  3. The part of a flintlock which holds the priming.
  4. The skull, considered as a vessel containing the brain; the upper part of the head; the brainpan; the cranium.
  5. [Carp] A recess, or bed, for the leaf of a hinge.
  6. The hard stratum of earth that lies below the soil. See Hard pan, under Hard.
  7. A natural basin, containing salt or fresh water, or mud.

Etymology: OE. panne, AS. panne; cf. D. pan, G. pfanne, OHG. pfanna, Icel., Sw., LL., & Ir. panna, of uncertain origin; cf. L. patina, E. paten

verb Pan
  1. [Mining] To separate, as gold, from dirt or sand, by washing in a kind of pan.(U. S)"We . . . witnessed the process of cleaning up and panning out, which is the last process of separating the pure gold from the fine dirt and black sand." [Gen. W. T. Sherman.]
  2. To criticise (a drama or literary work) harshly.
verb Pan
  1. [Mining] To yield gold in, or as in, the process of panning; -- usually with out; as, the gravel panned out richly.
  2. To turn out (profitably or unprofitably); to result; to develop; as, the investigation, or the speculation, panned out poorly.(Slang, U. S)
verb Pan
To scan (a movie camera), usu. in a horizontal direction, to obtain a panoramic effect; also, to move the camera so as to keep the subject in view.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Chimpanzees; more closely related to Australopithecus than to other pongids
  2. Shallow container made of metal
  3. Cooking utensil consisting of a wide metal vessel
  4. (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
  5. Express a totally negative opinion of ("The critics panned the performance")
  6. Wash dirt in a pan to separate out the precious minerals
  7. Make a sweeping movement ("The camera panned across the room")

From Old English panne, from Proto-Germanic *pannōn. Cognate with Dutch pan, German Pfanne.

  1. A wide, flat receptacle used around the house, especially for cooking.
  2. The contents of such a receptacle.
  3. A cylindrical receptacle about as tall as it is wide, with one long handle, usually made of metal, used for cooking in the home.
  4. (Ireland) A deep plastic receptacle, used for washing or food preparation; a basin.
  5. A wide receptacle in which gold grains are separated from gravel by washing the contents with water.
  6. (geography) a specific type of lake, natural depression or basin. They are sometimes associated with desert areas.
  7. Strong adverse criticism.
  8. A loaf of bread.
  9. (obsolete) The chamber pot in a close stool; (now) the base of a toilet, consisting of the bowl and its support.
  10. (slang) A human face, a mug.
  11. (roofing) The bottom flat part of a roofing panel that is between the ribs of the panel.
  12. A closed vessel for boiling or evaporating as part of manufacture; a vacuum pan.
  13. The part of a flintlock that holds the priming.
  14. The skull, considered as a vessel containing the brain; the brainpan.
  15. (figuratively) The brain, seen as one's intellect
  16. (carpentry) A recess, or bed, for the leaf of a hinge.
  17. The hard stratum of earth that lies below the soil; hardpan.

From a clipped form of panorama.

Compare French pan (“skirt, lappet”), Latin pannus (“a cloth, rag”).

Old English. See pane.

  1. A part; a portion.
  2. (fortifications) The distance comprised between the angle of the epaule and the flanked angle.
  3. A leaf of gold or silver.

From pansexual by shortening.

    pan was also found in the following language(s): Afrikaans, Asturian, Cebuano, Chuukese, Czech, Dutch, French, Friulian, Galician, Istriot, Japanese, Ligurian, Lojban, Lombard, Malay, Mandarin, Occitan, Old French, Old Portuguese, Polish, Romansch, Spanish, Venetian, and Welsh

    Notable Persons Named Pan

    Pan Yiyang is a CPC Party Chief of Ganzhou, CPC Party Chief of Xinyu, Executive Vice Chairman of Inner Mongolia, CPC Party Chief ofGanzhou, CPC Party Chief ofXinyu, and Politics of Inner Mongolia. Pan was born in Huiyang District.


    She was most prominent from 2006 to 2006. Pan was born on February 25th, 1982 in Yanzhou District. Pan is also known as Queen of Nine-Ball.


    Pan was born in Gujarat.


    Pan was born in 247. He breathed his last breath in 300.


    Pan Shiyi is a chairman and soho china. Pan was born on November 14th, 1963 in Tianshui.


    Pan Ron is a musician. She holds the title Pan Ron - Rom Jongvak Twist and Pan Ron - Knyom Mun Sok Jet Te. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1963 to 1975.


    Notable Persons With the Last Name Pan

    Peter is also known as The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up.


    Wilber Pan is a mandopop, hip-hop, and electronic singer, songwriter, host, actor, music producer, entrepreneur, fashion designer, investor, writer, singing, television presenter, record producer, entrepreneurship, and fashion design. His most notable accomplishments were from 2001 to 2001. Wilber is also known as Will Pan, Pan Weibo, and Pan Shuai (handsome Pan).



    Yu Pan is an engineer and entrepreneur.


    Hermes Pan was a dancer, choreographer, dance, and choreography. He was most active from 1928 to 1968. Hermes was given the name Hermes Panico on December 10th, 1909 in Memphis, Tennessee, U.S. He breathed his last breath on September 19th, 1990.


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    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Pan U.S.
      White 2.61% 64.26%
      African American 0.46% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 94.02% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.07% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 1.63% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 1.22% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Pan

    People with the last name Pan are most frequently Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander

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    Fun Facts about the name Pan

    • How Popular is the name Pan? As a last name Pan was the 2,847th most popular name in 2010.
    • When was the first name Pan first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Pan is Saturday, May 18th, 1889.
    • How unique is the name Pan? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Pan. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
    • Weird things about the name Pan: Your name in reverse order is Nap. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Nap. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Pan? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 12,664 people with the last name Pan.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Pan? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 4 of them will have Pan as their last name.

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    • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
    • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
    • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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