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pancake

[pan-keyk] /ˈpænˌkeɪk/
noun
1.
a thin, flat cake of batter fried on both sides on a griddle or in a frying pan; griddlecake or flapjack.
2.
Also called pancake landing. an airplane landing made by pancaking.
verb (used without object), pancaked, pancaking.
3.
(of an airplane or the like) to drop flat to the ground after leveling off a few feet above it.
verb (used with object), pancaked, pancaking.
4.
Informal. to flatten, especially as the result of a collision or other mishap:
The car had been pancaked by the bus.
5.
to cause (an airplane) to pancake.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English; see pan1, cake
Regional variation note
1. Pancake, hot cake, griddlecake, and flapjack, with its derived slapjack, are used interchangeably by many people, regardless of whether a pan or griddle is used for cooking, and each term is widely used throughout the U.S. Flannel cake, however, is confined chiefly to the North Midland U.S. and battercake to South Midland and Southern U.S. The following terms have limited regional use and may refer to flat cakes with different recipes or cooking methods: johnnycake, which is used in the Northeastern U.S.; corncake in the Midland and Southern U.S.; and hoecake in the South Midland and Southern U.S.

Pan-Cake

[pan-keyk] /ˈpænˌkeɪk/
Trademark.
1.
a brand of cosmetic in a semimoist cake of compressed powder, usually applied with a moist sponge.
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British Dictionary definitions for pancakes

pancake

/ˈpænˌkeɪk/
noun
1.
  1. a thin flat cake made from batter and fried on both sides, often served rolled and filled with a sweet or savoury mixture
  2. (as modifier): pancake mix
2.
a Scot name for drop scone
3.
a stick or flat cake of compressed make-up
4.
Also called pancake landing. an aircraft landing made by levelling out a few feet from the ground and then dropping onto it
verb
5.
to cause (an aircraft) to make a pancake landing or (of an aircraft) to make a pancake landing
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Word Origin and History for pancakes

pancake

n.

early 15c. (late 13c. as a surname), from pan (n.) + cake (n.); as symbol of flatness c.1600.

v.

"to squeeze flat," 1879, from pancake (n.). Later, of aircraft, "to fall flat" (1911), with figurative extension. Related: Pancaked; pancaking.

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