American English

Definition of pan noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1a container, usually made of metal, with a handle or handles, used for cooking food in pots and pans a large stainless steel pan see also frying pan, saucepan
  2. 2the amount contained in a pan a pan of boiling water
  3. 3a metal container used for baking food in a cake pan
  4. 4either of the dishes on a pair of scales that you put things into in order to weigh them see also bedpan, dustpan, skidpan, warming pan
  5. Idioms
    a flash in the pan
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    a sudden success that lasts only a short time and is not likely to be repeated He needed to prove that his success was not just a flash in the pan.