• WordNet 3.6
    • n ash-pan a receptacle fitted beneath the grate in which ashes collect and are removed
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n ash-pan A pan under the grate of a boiler or other fire, into which ashes and clinker may fall and be caught when the fire is sliced or the fireplace cleaned.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Ash-pan a kind of tray fitted underneath a grate to receive the ashes
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. asce; Ice. aska.


In literature:

Longley put his raised bread dough in a frying pan, put a second pan on top, raked the ashes off some coals, and started it baking.
"Down the Mother Lode" by Vivia Hemphill
It was the ashes that panned out $1,200 to the ton.
"Peter" by F. Hopkinson Smith
Ashes drifted out of the kitchen stove, and in the sink was a great tin dish-pan full of cool, greasy water.
"The Story Of Julia Page" by Kathleen Norris
As she opened the door there was a sudden draught, and the last flickering flame died out in the ash-pan.
"I Will Repay" by Baroness Emmuska Orczy
The plating of the ash pan is 5/16ths of an inch thick, and the plating of the smoke box is 3/16ths of an inch thick.
"A Catechism of the Steam Engine" by John Bourne
He got his fire going well, and baked a great flat loaf of bread in his frying-pan, setting the pan amid hot ashes and covering it over.
"Camp and Trail" by Isabel Hornibrook
Describe the ash-pan and its use.
"The Traveling Engineers' Association" by Anonymous
Near by were a pail of water, a pan of ashes, a rug, and a seltzer siphon.
"Common Science" by Carleton W. Washburne
In this case sprinkle a little fresh fuel or ashes over the fire and replace the pan again.
"The Candy Maker's Guide" by Fletcher Manufacturing Company
Figure I might pan it out of the ashes, if I could only find the place.
"Gold" by Stewart White

In poetry:

Thorns burn to a consistent ash, like man;
A splendid cleanser for the frying-pan:
And those who leap from pan to fire
Should this brave opposite admire.
"This Last Pain" by William Empson
The moon glode underneath a cloud,
The breeze sigh'd loud an' airy;
The pans they faintlike glimmer'd on
The white walls ov the dairy.
Deely she trembl'd like an ash,
An' lean'd agin the old churn dash.
"Old Spense" by Isabella Valancy Crawford

In news:

Stoves built for coal normally have a "shaker grate" or a slide mechanism you can shove back and forth or some such rig, and a removable ash pan underneath.