Flaking



[fleyk] /fleɪk/

noun
1.
a small, flat, thin piece, especially one that has been or become detached from a larger piece or mass:
flakes of old paint.
2.
any small piece or mass:
a flake of snow.
3.
a stratum or layer.
4.
Slang. an eccentric person; screwball.
5.
Slang. .
6.
a usually broad, often irregular piece of stone struck from a larger core and sometimes retouched to form a .
verb (used without object), flaked, flaking.
7.
to peel off or separate in flakes.
8.
to fall in flakes, as snow.
verb (used with object), flaked, flaking.
9.
to remove in flakes.
10.
to break flakes or chips from; break into flakes:
to flake fish for a casserole.
11.
to cover with or as if with flakes.
12.
to form into flakes.
[fleyk] /fleɪk/ Nautical
noun
1.
2 (defs 2, 3).
verb (used with object), flaked, flaking.
2.
2 (def 1).
3.
to lower (a fore-and-aft sail) so as to drape the sail equally on both sides over its boom.
[fleyk] /fleɪk/
verb, flaked, flaking.
1.
flake out, Slang. to fall asleep; take a nap.
/fleɪk/
noun
1.
a small thin piece or layer chipped off or detached from an object or substance; scale
2.
a small piece or particle: a flake of snow
3.
a thin layer or stratum
4.
(archaeol)

5.
(slang, mainly US) an eccentric, crazy, or unreliable person
verb
6.
to peel or cause to peel off in flakes; chip
7.
to cover or become covered with or as with flakes
8.
(transitive) to form into flakes
/fleɪk/
noun
1.
a rack or platform for drying fish or other produce
/fleɪk/
verb
1.
(nautical) another word for fake1
/fleɪk/
noun
1.
(in Australia) the commercial name for the meat of the gummy shark
n.

“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)).
v.

early 15c., “to fall in flakes,” from flake (n.). Related: Flaked; flaking.
flake
(flāk)

adjective

: Don’t act so flake (1960s+ Baseball)

noun

verb

[all except police senses ultimately fr an attested phrase snow flakes, ”cocaine”]

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