flake

1
[ fleyk ]
/ fleɪk /
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noun

verb (used without object), flaked, flak·ing.

to peel off or separate in flakes.
to fall in flakes, as snow.

verb (used with object), flaked, flak·ing.

Origin of flake

1
1350–1400; (noun) Middle English; akin to Old English flac- in flacox flying (said of arrows), Old Norse flakka to rove, wander, Middle Dutch vlacken to flutter; (in def 4) by back formation from flaky, in sense “eccentric, odd”; (v.) late Middle English: to fall in flakes, derivative of the noun
Related formsflake·less, adjectiveflak·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for flaker (1 of 4)

flake

1
/ (fleɪk) /

noun


verb

Derived Formsflaker, noun

Word Origin for flake

C14: of Scandinavian origin; compare Norwegian flak disc, Middle Dutch vlacken to flutter

British Dictionary definitions for flaker (2 of 4)

flake

2
/ (fleɪk) /

noun

a rack or platform for drying fish or other produce

Word Origin for flake

C14: from Old Norse flaki; related to Dutch vlaak hurdle

British Dictionary definitions for flaker (3 of 4)

flake

3
/ (fleɪk) /

verb

nautical another word for fake 1

British Dictionary definitions for flaker (4 of 4)

flake

4
/ (fleɪk) /

noun

(in Australia) the commercial name for the meat of the gummy shark

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Science definitions for flaker

flake

[ flāk ]

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.

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