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Meaning of FLAKE

Pronunciation:  fleyk

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a small fragment of something broken off from the whole; "a bit of rock caught him in the eye"
  2. [n]  a crystal of snow
  3. [v]  come off in flakes or thin small pieces; "The paint in my house is peeling off"
  4. [v]  cover with flakes or as if with flakes
  5. [v]  form into flakes

FLAKE is a 5 letter word that starts with F.


 Synonyms: bit, chip, flake off, fleck, peel, peel off, scrap, snowflake
 See Also: break away, break off, chip, chip off, come off, cover, crystal, exfoliation, flinders, form, fragment, H2O, matchwood, scale, scurf, sliver, snow, snowfall, splinter, water



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Flake\ (fl[=a]k), n. [Cf. Icel. flaki, fleki, Dan. flage,
    D. vlaak.]
    1. A paling; a hurdle. [prov. Eng.]
    2. A platform of hurdles, or small sticks made fast or
       interwoven, supported by stanchions, for drying codfish
       and other things.
             You shall also, after they be ripe, neither suffer
             them to have straw nor fern under them, but lay them
             either upon some smooth table, boards, or flakes of
             wands, and they will last the longer. --English
    3. (Naut.) A small stage hung over a vessel's side, for
       workmen to stand on in calking, etc.
  2. \Flake\ (fl[=a]k), n. [Cf. Icel. flakna to flake off,
    split, flagna to flake off, Sw. flaga flaw, flake, flake
    plate, Dan. flage snowflake. Cf. {Flag} a flat stone.]
    1. A loose filmy mass or a thin chiplike layer of anything; a
       film; flock; lamina; layer; scale; as, a flake of snow,
       tallow, or fish. ``Lottle flakes of scurf.'' --Addison.
             Great flakes of ice encompassing our boat. --Evelyn.
    2. A little particle of lighted or incandescent matter,
       darted from a fire; a flash.
             With flakes of ruddy fire.            --Somerville.
    3. (Bot.) A sort of carnation with only two colors in the
       flower, the petals having large stripes.
    {Flake knife} (Arch[ae]ol.), a cutting instrument used by
       savage tribes, made of a flake or chip of hard stone.
    {Flake stand}, the cooling tub or vessel of a still worm.
    {Flake white}. (Paint.)
       (a) The purest white lead, in the form of flakes or
       (b) The trisnitrate of bismuth. --Ure.
  3. \Flake\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Flaked}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    To form into flakes. --Pope.
  4. \Flake\, v. i.
    To separate in flakes; to peel or scale off.
  5. \Flake\, n. [Etym. uncertain; cf. 1st {Fake}.]
    A flat layer, or fake, of a coiled cable.
          Flake after flake ran out of the tubs, until we were
          compelled to hand the end of our line to the second
          mate.                                    --F. T.
 Definition: a fragment removed from a core or nucleus of cryptocrystalline or fine-grained rock by percussion or pressure. May be used as a tool with no further deliberate modification, may be retouched, or may serve as a preform for further reduction.
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