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U.S. style pancakes.


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


  • IPA(key): /ˈpæn.keɪk/, /ˈpæŋ.keɪk/
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pancake ‎(plural pancakes)

  1. A thin batter cake fried in a pan or on a griddle in oil or butter.
  2. (theater) A kind of makeup, consisting of a thick layer of a compressed powder.
  3. (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.
    • 2004, Beinn Muir (username), “Ring juggling: pancake throws”, in rec.juggling on Usenet:
      have been working on pancake throws with rings for the past few months and I have been trying to make the throws perfectly spun and as consistent as possible.


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pancake ‎(third-person singular simple present pancakes, present participle pancaking, simple past and past participle pancaked)

  1. To make a pancake landing
  2. (construction, demolition) To collapse one floor after another.
  3. To flatten violently.
    • 2011, Joseph Wambaugh, Floaters
      Poor old Sleepy suffered from an on-duty head injury he'd got by chasing a Corvette on a police motorcycle, ending up like a pancaked roadkill with half his scalp flapping in the backwash of freeway commuters []

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