Flake

Definition of Flake

Pronunciation: flāk
n.1.A paling; a hurdle.
2.A platform of hurdles, or small sticks made fast or interwoven, supported by stanchions, for drying codfish and other things.
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.
3.(Naut.) A small stage hung over a vessel's side, for workmen to stand on in calking, etc.
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.
Great flakes of ice encompassing our boat.
- Evelyn.
2.A little particle of lighted or incandescent matter, darted from a fire; a flash.
With flakes of ruddy fire.
- Somerville.
3.(Bot.) A sort of carnation with only two colors in the flower, the petals having large stripes.
4.a person who behaves strangely; a flaky{2} person.
Flake knife
(Archæol.) a cutting instrument used by savage tribes, made of a flake or chip of hard stone.
Flake stand
the cooling tub or vessel of a still worm.
- Tylor.
Flake white
a - (Paint.) The purest white lead, in the form of flakes or scales.
- Knight.
b - The trisnitrate of bismuth.
- Ure.
1.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.
v. t.1.To form into flakes.
[imp. & p. p. Flaked ; p. pr. & vb. n. Flaking.]
v. i.1.To separate in flakes; to peel or scale off.

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