an amateur athletic competition, patterned after the Olympic Games and held every four years in a different host city, involving all the nations of the Western Hemisphere.
- Pan-American Highway
noun 1. a road system proposed in the 1920s linking nations of the Western Hemisphere, extending from Alaska to Santiago, Chile, with some gaps remaining in Panama and Colombia. The section between Nuevo Laredo, Mexico and Panama City is known as the Inter-American Highway Total length about 16,000 miles (25,744 km).
[pan-uh-mer-i-kuh-niz-uh m] /ˌpæn əˈmɛr ɪ kəˌnɪz əm/ noun 1. the idea or advocacy of a political alliance or union of all the countries of North, Central, and South America. 2. a movement for or the idea or advocacy of close economic, cultural, and military cooperation among the Pan-American countries.
noun 1. a former organization of American republics dedicated to furthering understanding and peace: replaced in 1970 by the secretariat of the Organization of American States. noun 1. the secretariat and major official agency of the Organization of American States
noun, Informal. 1. a technique for changing the aspect ratio of a wide-screen film, usually by selecting the significant section of a screen shot and cropping the sides, so that it can be transmitted for regular-format television.