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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR PAN

In the bottom of the pan is a rack upon which the meat may rest.

Add the flavoring, turn into a pan, and bake for about 40 minutes.

When and how is sponge cake taken from the pan in which it is baked?

What may be said of the selection of a pan for cooking candy?

The strange treachery at Maizar in June was a flash in the pan.

When they are about half done put the onions and parsley into the pan.

Put the oysters into a sieve, and set it on a pan to drain the liquor from them.

Set the pan on hot coals, and simmer them gently about five minutes.

Cover the pan closely, and let it stew till the kidney is tender.

Put some lard into a pan, and when it is boiling hot, fry the crabs in it.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English panne, earlier ponne (Mercian) "pan," from West Germanic *panna "pan" (cf. Old Norse panna, Old Frisian panne, Middle Dutch panne, Dutch pan, Old Low German panna, Old High German phanna, German pfanne), probably an early borrowing (4c. or 5c.) from Vulgar Latin *patna, from Latin patina "shallow pan, dish, stewpan," from Greek patane "plate, dish," from PIE *pet-ano-, from root *pete- "to spread" (see pace (n.)). Irish panna probably is from English, and Lithuanian pana is from German.

Used of pan-shaped parts of mechanical apparatus from c.1590; hence flash in the pan, a figurative use from early firearms, where a pan held the priming (and the gunpowder might "flash," but no shot ensue). To go out of the (frying) pan into the fire is first found in Spenser (1596).

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