- 1A small, flat, thin piece of something, typically one that has broken away or been peeled off from a larger piece: paint peeling off the walls in unsightly flakes flakes of pastryMore example sentences
- She was tearing fragments off and placing them in her mouth, dusty and moist, her fingers covered in oil from the almond paste, sugar and flakes of croissant pastry.
- In this method, clear sticky tape was pressed firmly into sample areas and rapidly pulled away, removing thin flakes of biotite with the tapes.
- There were also large flakes of paint peeling off of the buildings, though it was hard to tell when there was no color to the whole place.
- 1.1A snowflake.More example sentences
- Outside, snow fell: fat flakes adhering to the windows and frosting the glass in translucent white.
- And the snow flurries quickly became a constant storm of thick flakes that started to settle deeply on the ground.
- A soft haze of thick flakes, sluicing through the streetlights, settling on gutters, bicycles and pedestrians.
- 1.2 Archaeology A piece of hard stone chipped off for use as a tool by prehistoric humans: [as modifier]: flake toolsMore example sentences
- Living on the Isle of Wight with a life-long interest in prehistory I have spent many hours field-walking and have a substantial collection of flint tools and flakes.
- The flake tools have possible polishing and edge-wear damage evident along one lateral margin.
- The artifacts include hundreds of stone tools and flakes, as well as spear foreshafts made of rhinoceros horn and mammoth tusk.
- 1.3Thin pieces of crushed dried food or bait for fish.More example sentences
- I decided to use a nice piece of bread flake as hook bait.
- When trotting with a pin in fast water, I often use bread flake as my hook bait.
- The water certainly was not very deep so I decided to use a small self cocking float with 6 lb line and a piece of bread flake as bait.
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- 1 [no object] Come or fall away from a surface in thin pieces: the paint had been flaking off for yearsMore example sentences
- The rusty pink nail polish that I had put on two months ago was flaking off and falling silently on the ground.
- The surface of the tree was flaking off in great sheets of bark, showering the two with dust made of both dead tree and stone.
- Today, at 108,000 kilometres, there's paint flaking off the leading edge of the hood, the brakes need work and the dashboard makes a buzzing noise at highway speeds when it's cold.
- 2 [with object] Break or divide (food) into thin pieces: flake the fish (as adjective flaked) flaked haddockMore example sentences
- Beware of foods such as hash browns, home fries, jam, molasses, soup mixes, canned vegetables, wine and flaked coconut.
- I've switched to flaked coconut and it works just as well.
- Dissolve 6 tablespoons flaked pickling salt in 1 gallon of lukewarm water.
- 2.1 [no object] (Of food, especially when well cooked) come apart in thin pieces.More example sentences
- Place on greased baking sheet and bake at 450F turning once for 8 to 10 minutes or until golden and fish flakes easily when tested with a fork.
- The kind where the crust flakes off in sharp little pieces that stick to the roof of our mouth.
- Add salmon, skinside down, and cook, covered, 10-12 minutes or until fish flakes easily.
verb[no object] (flake out) • informal
late 15th century (in the senses 'become languid' and (of a garment) 'fall in folds'): variant of obsolete flack and the verb flag4. The current sense dates from the 1940s.
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- 1.1Lay (a sail) down in folds on either side of the boom.More example sentences
- Going to the mizzen boom he undid the badly fastened ties, raised the sail and lowered it, flaking it neatly as it came down.
early 17th century (as a noun): of unknown origin; compare with German Flechte in the same sense.