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7 definitions found
 for flake
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Flake \Flake\ (fl[=a]k), n. [Cf. Icel. flaki, fleki, Dan. flage,
     D. vlaak.]
     1. A paling; a hurdle. [prov. Eng.]
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     2. A platform of hurdles, or small sticks made fast or
        interwoven, supported by stanchions, for drying codfish
        and other things.
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              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
                                                    Husbandman.
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     3. (Naut.) A small stage hung over a vessel's side, for
        workmen to stand on in calking, etc.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Flake \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.
                                                    Bullen.
     [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Flake \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.
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              Great flakes of ice encompassing our boat. --Evelyn.
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     2. A little particle of lighted or incandescent matter,
        darted from a fire; a flash.
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              With flakes of ruddy fire.            --Somerville.
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     3. (Bot.) A sort of carnation with only two colors in the
        flower, the petals having large stripes.
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     4. a person who behaves strangely; a flaky[2] person.
        [Colloq.]
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     Flake knife (Arch[ae]ol.), a cutting instrument used by
        savage tribes, made of a flake or chip of hard stone.
        --Tylor.
  
     Flake stand, the cooling tub or vessel of a still worm.
        --Knight.
  
     Flake white. (Paint.)
        (a) The purest white lead, in the form of flakes or
            scales.
        (b) The trisnitrate of bismuth. --Ure.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Flake \Flake\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Flaked; p. pr. & vb. n.
     Flaking.]
     To form into flakes. --Pope.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Flake \Flake\, v. i.
     To separate in flakes; to peel or scale off.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  flake
      n 1: a crystal of snow [syn: snowflake, flake]
      2: a person with an unusual or odd personality [syn:
         eccentric, eccentric person, flake, oddball, geek]
      3: a small fragment of something broken off from the whole; "a
         bit of rock caught him in the eye" [syn: bit, chip,
         flake, fleck, scrap]
      v 1: form into flakes; "The substances started to flake"
      2: cover with flakes or as if with flakes
      3: come off in flakes or thin small pieces; "The paint in my
         house is peeling off" [syn: peel off, peel, flake off,
         flake]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  143 Moby Thesaurus words for "flake":
     aliene, arrange in layers, avalanche, band, bar, bedlamite,
     bespangle, bespeckle, bespot, bit, blizzard, blotch,
     borderline case, character, check, checker, chip, collapse,
     crackbrain, crackpot, crank, crystal, dandruff, dapple, delaminate,
     dement, demoniac, desquamate, dot, driven snow, eccentric,
     energumen, erratic, exfoliate, fanatic, flake off, fleck, floccule,
     flocculus, flock, flurry, fou, fragment, freak, freckle,
     granular snow, harlequin, idiot, igloo, iris, keel over, kook,
     lamina, laminate, lay down, lay up, layer, loon, loony, lunatic,
     maculate, madman, maniac, mantle of snow, marble, marbleize,
     meshuggenah, mogul, motley, mottle, noncompos, nonconformist, nut,
     oddball, paring, particle, pass out, pepper, phrenetic, piece,
     polychrome, polychromize, rainbow, raving lunatic, recluse, scale,
     scale off, scrap, screwball, scurf, shaving, sliver, slosh, slush,
     snow, snow banner, snow bed, snow blanket, snow blast, snow fence,
     snow flurry, snow roller, snow slush, snow squall, snow wreath,
     snow-crystal, snowball, snowbank, snowbridge, snowcap, snowdrift,
     snowfall, snowfield, snowflake, snowland, snowman, snowscape,
     snowshed, snowslide, snowslip, snowstorm, spangle, speck, speckle,
     splotch, spot, sprinkle, stigmatize, stipple, strange duck,
     stratify, streak, striate, stripe, stud, tattoo, tessellate, tuft,
     variegate, vein, wafer, weirdo, wet snow
  
  

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