(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.
Other definitions for Pan-Cake (2 of 2)
a brand of cosmetic in a semimoist cake of compressed powder, usually applied with a moist sponge.
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How to use pancake in a sentence
So while there are minor differences here and there, at the end of the day, they're all the same in my book — delicious fried shredded potato pancakes.How to make crispy shredded hash browns part of your breakfast rotation | Aaron Hutcherson | March 19, 2021 | Washington Post
When noon rolls around, I’ve frequently found myself turning to spaghetti pancakes, a favorite of my latchkey-kid childhood that involves frying up a mixture of noodles, eggs, and parmesan into perfectly crispy comfort food.
A few hours before, he had eaten a breakfast of pancakes, two bowls of cereal, no milk, his final meal in prison.He was locked up at age 15. Almost seven decades later, he’s reentering an unfamiliar world. | Karen Heller | February 19, 2021 | Washington Post
Shaped like a pancake, it’s been around for billions of years.Oldest disk galaxy puts a new spin on galaxy growth | Lisa Grossman | June 30, 2020 | Science News For Students
A little more than a billion years later, there’s this pancake galaxy.Oldest disk galaxy puts a new spin on galaxy growth | Lisa Grossman | June 30, 2020 | Science News For Students
Green reportedly served more than a million pancakes and took 50,000 orders for the pancake mix.
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 | Harley Morenstein | July 26, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
On the northeasternmost point of the U.S., pancake-like ployes are a daily staple, whether covered in syrup or soaking up gravy.On the Canadian Border, It's Pancakes for Every Meal | Jane & Michael Stern | July 6, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
“[The gluten-free one] is smaller and more money,” she laments, pointing to a box of pancake mix.
Later, in Kathmandu at a reception feting her fourth summit, Lakpa tried to mask the bruises with pancake makeup.
That something saved you from being smashed flatter than a pancake, Janet said wisely.The Adventure Girls at K Bar O | Clair Blank
Julie picked up the battered box, disclosing the cake within crushed to a pancake.Those Dale Girls | Frank Weston Carruth
A straw "pancake" softened the asperities of her granite couch.The Opened Shutters | Clara Louise Burnham
You will find the same principle illustrated by a cook with a pancake.The Complete Bachelor | Walter Germain
The first tavern here was kept by George pancake, and hence the name given the place.The Old Pike | Thomas B. Searight
British Dictionary definitions for 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
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Other Idioms and Phrases with pancake
see flat as a pancake.
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