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Definition of "pancake" []

  • A thin cake made of batter that is poured onto a hot greased surface and cooked on both sides until brown. Also called flannel cake, flapjack, griddlecake, hotcake; also called regionally battercake. (noun)
  • To cause (an aircraft) to make a pancake landing. (verb-transitive)
  • To make a pancake landing. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "pancake" in a sentence
  • "And many of the dogs were what we call pancake dogs."
  • "And how we're finding these is, we're seeing that most of the collapses that have occurred here are what we call pancake-style collapse."
  • "Olympus has a limited edition "Komachi Kit" available for the holiday season, which includes an E-420 SLR camera body ($440 alone) and a 25mm f/2.8 Zuiko Digital lens, which they call a pancake lens due to its very small size."