Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. 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.
  • transitive v. To cause (an aircraft) to make a pancake landing.
  • intransitive v. To make a pancake landing.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A thin batter cake fried in a pan or on a griddle in oil or butter.
  • n. A kind of makeup, consisting of a thick layer of a compressed powder.
  • n. A type of throw, usually with a ring where the prop is thrown in such a way that it rotates round an axis of the diameter of the prop.
  • v. To make a pancake landing
  • v. To collapse one floor after another.
  • v. To flatten violently.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A thin cake of batter fried in a pan or on a griddle; a griddlecake; a flapjack.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A thin cake of batter fried or baked in a pan or griddle; a flapjack; a griddle-cake; also, a cake made of dough or batter and fried in fat.
  • n. An imitation leather made of scarps agglutinated by cement or glue, and pressed into a flat sheet. It is used for in-soles, etc.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a flat cake of thin batter fried on both sides on a griddle

Etymologies

Middle English 1430, pan +‎ cake. The juggling sense is by analogy with a pancake being tossed in a pan. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • And many of the dogs were what we call pancake dogs.

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  • 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.

    CNN Transcript Jan 18, 2010

  • 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.

    How to save money on cameras this season

  • 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.

    How to save money on cameras this season

  • CHIEF KELVIN COCHRAN, ATLANTA FIRE RESCUE: It actually collapsed in what we refer to as a pancake fashion.

    CNN Transcript Mar 15, 2008

  • UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It actually collapsed in what we refer to as a pancake fashion and we have not ascertained at this point whether all the occupants were evacuated.

    CNN Transcript Mar 15, 2008

  • CHIEF KELVIN COCHRAN, ATLANTA FIRE RESCUE: It actually collapsed in what we refer to as a pancake fashion, and we have not ascertained at this point whether all of the occupants were evacuated.

    CNN Transcript Mar 15, 2008

  • "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.

    Consumer Reports Electronics Blog

  • One Sunday a month, the couple cooked holiday-themed pancakes for the entire building (this would be pumpkin pancake season).

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  • Asawari added that she had told her that pancake is dosa.

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