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panning


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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Pan  \Pan\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Panned};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Panning}.]  (Mining) 
  To  separate,  as  gold,  from  dirt  or  sand,  by  washing  in  a  kind 
  of  pan.  [U.  S.] 
 
  We  .  .  .  witnessed  the  process  of  cleaning  up  and 
  panning  out  which  is  the  last  process  of  separating 
  the  pure  gold  from  the  fine  dirt  and  black  sand.  --Gen. 
  W.  T.  Sherman. 




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