1. a thin, flat cake of batter fried on both sides on a griddle or in a frying pan; griddlecake or flapjack.
  2. Also called pancake landing. an airplane landing made by pancaking.

verb (used without object), pan·caked, pan·cak·ing.

  1. (of an airplane or the like) to drop flat to the ground after leveling off a few feet above it.

verb (used with object), pan·caked, pan·cak·ing.

  1. Informal. to flatten, especially as the result of a collision or other mishap: The car had been pancaked by the bus.
  2. to cause (an airplane) to pancake.


    1. a thin flat cake made from batter and fried on both sides, often served rolled and filled with a sweet or savoury mixture
    2. (as modifier)pancake mix
  1. a Scot name for drop scone
  2. a stick or flat cake of compressed make-up
  3. Also called: pancake landing an aircraft landing made by levelling out a few feet from the ground and then dropping onto it


  1. to cause (an aircraft) to make a pancake landing or (of an aircraft) to make a pancake landing

n.early 15c. (late 13c. as a surname), from pan (n.) + cake (n.); as symbol of flatness c.1600. v.“to squeeze flat,” 1879, from pancake (n.). Later, of aircraft, “to fall flat” (1911), with figurative extension. Related: Pancaked; pancaking. see flat as a pancake.

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