In Greek religion and mythology, Pan is the god of the wild, shepherds and flocks, nature of mountain wilds, hunting and rustic music, and companion of the nymphs. His name originates within the Ancient Greek language, from the word paein, meaning "to pasture." He has the hindquarters, legs, and horns of a goat, in the same manner as a faun or satyr. With his homeland in rustic Arcadia, he is recognized as the god of fields, groves, and wooded glens; because of this, Pan is connected to fertility and the season of spring. The ancient Greeks also considered Pan to be the god of theatrical criticism.

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  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. 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. 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. The base part of a toilet, consisting of a bowl and a footing
  10. A human face, a mug.
  11. 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 brain-pan.
  15. A recess, or bed, for the leaf of a hinge.
  16. The hard stratum of earth that lies below the soil; hardpan.

Noun (etymology 2)

Noun (etymology 3)

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


  1. To wash in a pan (of earth, sand etc. when searching for gold).
  2. To disparage; to belittle; to put down; to criticise severely.
  3. With "out" (to pan out), to turn out well; to be successful.
  4. To beat one's opposition convincingly.

Verb (etymology 2)

  1. to turn horizontally (of a camera etc.)
  2. to move the camera lens angle while continuing to expose the film, enabling a contiguous view and enrichment of context. In still-photography large-group portraits the film usually remains on a horizontal fixed plane as the lens and/or the film holder moves to expose the film laterally. The resulting image may extend a short distance laterally or as great as 360 degrees from the point where the film first began to be exposed.

Verb (etymology 3)

  1. To join or fit together; to unite.

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