- (of an airplane or the like) to drop flat to the ground after leveling off a few feet above it.
- 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.
Origin of pancake
Regional variation note
- a brand of cosmetic in a semimoist cake of compressed powder, usually applied with a moist sponge.
Examples from the Web for pancake
Green reportedly served more than a million pancakes and took 50,000 orders for the pancake mix.The Tragic History of Southern Food
November 12, 2014
Cook pancake in pan, add chopped chocolate toaster pastry, and drizzle with chocolate sauce.Epic Meal Empire’s Meat Monstrosities: From the Bacon Spider to the Cinnabattleship
July 26, 2014
“[The gluten-free one] is smaller and more money,” she laments, pointing to a box of pancake mix.The Gluten-Free Diet Has Two Faces
May 6, 2014
Later, in Kathmandu at a reception feting her fourth summit, Lakpa tried to mask the bruises with pancake makeup.Breaking Mount Everest’s Glass Ceiling
Amanda Padoan, Peter Zuckerman
March 30, 2014
In this recipe, I substitute pure maple syrup for sugar, an ingredient one traditionally sees in most pancake mix recipes.Sap Suckers Unite: Recipes for Maple Cookies, Flapjacks, and Cocktails
David Lincoln Ross
May 3, 2011
He was good at this; he could have flattened the Vendome column like a pancake.L'Assommoir
"His head's no'but a lump of puddin' and a daub o' pancake," thought Gubblum.A Son of Hagar
Sir Hall Caine
They are excellent when eaten with German pancake, fried bread or French toast.Desserts and Salads
Her nose is as flat as a pancake and she rouges something fierce.The Gorgeous Girl
Think I'm hankering about being smashed flatter'n a pancake, do you?Phil Bradley's Mountain Boys
Silas K. Boone
- 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
Word Origin and History for pancake
"to squeeze flat," 1879, from pancake (n.). Later, of aircraft, "to fall flat" (1911), with figurative extension. Related: Pancaked; pancaking.
Idioms and Phrases with pancake
see flat as a pancake.