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 for Vacuum pan
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Vacuum \Vac"u*um\ (v[a^]k"[-u]*[u^]m), n.; pl. E. Vacuums
     (v[a^]k"[-u]*[u^]mz), L. Vacua (v[a^]k"[-u]*[.a]). [L., fr.
     vacuus empty. See Vacuous.]
     1. (Physics) A space entirely devoid of matter (called also,
        by way of distinction, absolute vacuum); hence, in a more
        general sense, a space, as the interior of a closed
        vessel, which has been exhausted to a high or the highest
        degree by an air pump or other artificial means; as, water
        boils at a reduced temperature in a vacuum.
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     2. The condition of rarefaction, or reduction of pressure
        below that of the atmosphere, in a vessel, as the
        condenser of a steam engine, which is nearly exhausted of
        air or steam, etc.; as, a vacuum of 26 inches of mercury,
        or 13 pounds per square inch.
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     Vacuum brake, a kind of continuous brake operated by
        exhausting the air from some appliance under each car, and
        so causing the pressure of the atmosphere to apply the
     Vacuum pan (Technol.), a kind of large closed metallic
        retort used in sugar making for boiling down sirup. It is
        so connected with an exhausting apparatus that a partial
        vacuum is formed within. This allows the evaporation and
        concentration to take place at a lower atmospheric
        pressure and hence also at a lower temperature, which
        largely obviates the danger of burning the sugar, and
        shortens the process.
     Vacuum pump. Same as Pulsometer, 1.
     Vacuum tube (Phys.),
        (a) a glass tube provided with platinum electrodes and
            exhausted, for the passage of the electrical
            discharge; a Geissler tube.
        (a) any tube used in electronic devices, containing a
            vacuum and used to control the flow of electrons in a
            circuit, as a vacuum diode, triode, tetrode, or
     Vacuum valve, a safety valve opening inward to admit air to
        a vessel in which the pressure is less than that of the
        atmosphere, in order to prevent collapse.
     Torricellian vacuum. See under Torricellian.
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