- a thin, flat cake of batter fried on both sides on a griddle or in a frying pan; griddlecake or flapjack.
- Also called pancake landing. an airplane landing made by pancaking.
verb (used without object), pan·caked, pan·cak·ing.
- (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.
- Informal. to flatten, especially as the result of a collision or other mishap: The car had been pancaked by the bus.
- to cause (an airplane) to pancake.
- a thin flat cake made from batter and fried on both sides, often served rolled and filled with a sweet or savoury mixture
- (as modifier)pancake mix
- a Scot name for drop scone
- a stick or flat cake of compressed make-up
- Also called: pancake landing an aircraft landing made by levelling out a few feet from the ground and then dropping onto it
- 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.