- (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
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Related Words for pancakingsmash, plunge, hurtle, collapse, tumble, ditch, dive, drop, collide, bump, slip, meet, topple, overturn, match, sprawl, upset, lurch, pancake, pitch
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Historical Examples of pancaking
After pancaking down to the fringe of the brown grass the Nieuport ran uphill.Eastern Nights - and Flights
- 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
"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.