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Definition of Flash in the pan
Flash in the panPan Pan, n. [OE. panne, AS. panne; cf. D. pan, G. pfanne, OHG.
pfanna, Icel., Sw., LL., & Ir. panna, of uncertain origin;
cf. L. patina, E. paten.]
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. (C?rp.) 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.
Flash in the pan. See under Flash.
To savor of the pan, to suggest the process of cooking or
burning; in a theological sense, to be heretical.
--Ridley. Southey. Flash in the panFlash Flash, n.; pl. Flashes.
1. A sudden burst of light; a flood of light instantaneously
appearing and disappearing; a momentary blaze; as, a flash
2. A sudden and brilliant burst, as of wit or genius; a
momentary brightness or show.
The flash and outbreak of a fiery mind. --Shak.
No striking sentiment, no flash of fancy. --Wirt.
3. The time during which a flash is visible; an instant; a
very brief period.
The Persians and Macedonians had it for a flash.
4. A preparation of capsicum, burnt sugar, etc., for coloring
and giving a fictious strength to liquors.
Flash light, or Flashing light, a kind of light shown by
lighthouses, produced by the revolution of reflectors, so
as to show a flash of light every few seconds, alternating
with periods of dimness. --Knight.
Flash in the pan, the flashing of the priming in the pan of
a flintlock musket without discharging the piece; hence,
sudden, spasmodic effort that accomplishes nothing.
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