- a small, flat, thin piece, especially one that has been or become detached from a larger piece or mass: flakes of old paint.
- any small piece or mass: a flake of snow.
- a stratum or layer.
- Slang. an eccentric person; screwball.
- Slang. cocaine.
- a usually broad, often irregular piece of stone struck from a larger core and sometimes retouched to form a flake tool.
- to peel off or separate in flakes.
- to fall in flakes, as snow.
- to remove in flakes.
- to break flakes or chips from; break into flakes: to flake fish for a casserole.
- to cover with or as if with flakes.
- to form into flakes.
Origin of flake1
- fake2(def 1).
- to lower (a fore-and-aft sail) so as to drape the sail equally on both sides over its boom.
Origin of flake3
- flake out, Slang. to fall asleep; take a nap.
Origin of flake4
Examples from the Web for flaking
I was to do the heating of the obsidian and Pitamakan was to do the flaking.With the Indians in the Rockies
James Willard Schultz
A minimum of flaking was used to finish the sides of the stem.
This flaking tends to flatten the base and sides of the stem.
Though all its parts were there, these, except where rubbed clean by friction, were thick with rust and scaled with flaking paint.To Kiel in the 'Hercules'
Lewis R. Freeman
Dick snuffed the smell of parched dust, heated iron, and flaking paint with delight.The Works of Rudyard Kipling: One Volume Edition
- a small thin piece or layer chipped off or detached from an object or substance; scale
- a small piece or particlea flake of snow
- a thin layer or stratum
- a fragment removed by chipping or hammering from a larger stone used as a tool or weaponSee also blade
- (as modifier)flake tool
- slang, mainly US an eccentric, crazy, or unreliable person
- to peel or cause to peel off in flakes; chip
- to cover or become covered with or as with flakes
- (tr) to form into flakes
- a rack or platform for drying fish or other produce
- nautical another word for fake 1
- (in Australia) the commercial name for the meat of the gummy shark
Word Origin and History for flaking
early 15c., "to fall in flakes," from flake (n.). Related: Flaked; flaking.
"thin, flat piece," early 14c., possibly from Old English *flacca "flakes of snow," from Old Norse flak "loose or torn piece" (related to Old Norse fla "to skin," see flay), from Proto-Germanic *flago- (cf. Middle Dutch vlac, Dutch vlak "flat, level," Middle High German vlach, German Flocke "flake"); from PIE *plak- (1) "to be flat," extended form of root *pele- (2) "flat, to spread" (see plane (n.1)).
- A relatively thin, sharp-edged stone fragment removed from a core or from another flake by striking or prying, serving as a tool or blade itself or as a blank for making other tools. See more at flake tool.
- A small, symmetrical, six-sided crystal of snow. Flakes can be large or small and wet or dry, depending on weather conditions. They are white in color because of their large number of reflecting surfaces.