Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A thin cake made of batter that is poured onto a hot greased surface and cooked on both sides until brown.
  • intransitive verb To cause (an aircraft) to make a pancake landing.
  • intransitive verb To make a pancake landing.
  • intransitive verb To fall flat to the ground with great force, especially to collapse in such a way that higher floors or structures fall directly on the ones beneath.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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.
  • noun 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A thin batter cake fried in a pan or on a griddle in oil or butter.
  • noun theater A kind of makeup, consisting of a thick layer of a compressed powder.
  • noun juggling 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.
  • verb To make a pancake landing
  • verb construction, demolition To collapse one floor after another.
  • verb To flatten violently.

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

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

Etymologies

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

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