- The definition of a flake is a small piece of something, or is slang for an unreliable person.
- An example of a flake is a sliver of chocolate.
- An example of a flake is a person who does not show up to complete his volunteer activities.
- Flake is defined as to peel or chip off.
An example of flake is splitting wood into chips.
Flakes of snow
flake definition by Webster's New World
- a small, thin mass: a flake of snow
- a thin piece or layer split off or peeled off from anything; chip
- ☆ Slang an eccentric, unbalanced, or irrational person
Origin: Middle English ; from Scandinavian as in Norwegian flak, ice floe, Old Norse flakna, to flake off ; from Indo-European an unverified form plāg, flat ; from base an unverified form plā- from source plain
- flaker noun
Origin: Middle English flake, fleke ; from Old Norse flaki, fleki, hurdle ; from Indo-European base an unverified form pel-, to cover from source fell
flake definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A flat thin piece or layer; a chip.
- Archaeology A stone fragment removed from a core or from another flake by percussion or pressure, serving as a preform or as a tool or blade itself.
- A small piece; a bit.
- A small crystalline bit of snow.
- Slang A somewhat eccentric person; an oddball.
- Slang Cocaine.
- To remove a flake or flakes from; chip.
- To cover, mark, or overlay with or as if with flakes.
Origin: Middle English; see plāk-1 in Indo-European roots.
- flakˈer noun
- A frame or platform for drying fish or produce.
- A scaffold lowered over the side of a ship to support workers or caulkers.
Origin: Middle English fleke, from Old Norse fleki, hurdle, shield used for defense in battle; see plāk-1 in Indo-European roots.
flake - Phrases/Idioms
- to fall asleep
- to faint
flake - Science Definition
- 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.