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noun [countable]     pan pronunciation in British English
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  1. 1
    a round metal container used for cooking, with a handle and usually a lid. A saucepan has tall sides and a frying pan is wider with shorter sides and usually no lid

    Heat the oil in a pan and cook the onion over a gentle heat.

    pots and pans:

    There was plenty of space in the kitchen for storing pots and pans.

    1. a.
      the contents of a pan, or the amount that a pan holds

      a pan of boiling water

    2. b.
      American a metal container used for baking. The British word is tin

      a cake pan

    See also bedpan, dustpan
  2. 2
    British the part of a toilet that is shaped like a bowl and has water at the bottom. The American word is bowl.
  3. 4
    a large flat bowl used for separating gold from other substances in the ground using water


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