pan·cake / ˈpanˌkāk/ • n. a thin, flat cake of batter, usually fried and turned in a pan. Pancakes are usually eaten with syrup or rolled up with a filling. ∎ (also pancake makeup) makeup consisting of a flat solid layer of compressed powder, widely used in the theater.• v. 1. [intr.] (of an aircraft) make a pancake landing. ∎ [tr.] (of a pilot) cause (an aircraft) to make such a landing: he pancaked it in about twenty meters.2. inf. flatten or become flattened: [intr.] the hotel had pancaked into a heap of concrete. PHRASES: (as) flat as a pancake completely flat.