Meaning of FLAKE in English

FLAKE

I. noun

COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES

flakes of snow (= individual pieces of snow )

A few flakes of snow started to fall.

paint peels/flakes

The paint was starting to peel off the window frame.

peeling/flaking paint (= starting to come off a surface because it is old )

She lived in a gloomy old building with peeling paint on the walls.

COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS

■ ADJECTIVE

white

Two weeks later it snowed, Jay thought of the butterfly as the thick white flakes tumbled around.

The small white styrofoam flakes rain down like light snow through the cracks.

The white chair looks soluble, as if it might crumble, collapsing into a pile of infinitesimal white flakes .

Penelope turned to see the white flakes emptying from the sky.

For some reason it began in a thick snowstorm of large white flakes .

Abruptly, in front of the charging sepoys, who were already bewildered by the densely whirling white flakes , the ground erupted.

■ NOUN

pepper

Stir in the pepper flakes and cook for 1 minute.

EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

flakes of chocolate on a cake

He's such a flake , but he's fun to work with.

Her sunburnt skin was beginning to peel off in big flakes.

Large white flakes of snow fell upon the cold ground.

She brushed the flakes of dandruff from her shoulder.

EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS

Feed a diet of insects, worms, plant matter, flake food and freeze dried food.

His corn flakes had probably gone soggy at breakfast too.

It was noodles flavoured with flakes of dried tuna from Miyako.

Nathan peered through the thick flakes at the wagon that serviced the plane at every stop.

Penelope turned to see the white flakes emptying from the sky.

The white chair looks soluble, as if it might crumble, collapsing into a pile of infinitesimal white flakes.

Topside, the snow softened the air and a cold wind spits flakes through an open window on the bridge.

Workers feed them daily a mix of flakes, worms, grasshoppers and freeze-dried shrimp.

II. verb

COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS

■ ADVERB

off

Chunks of blue-green stuff flaked off and scattered over the floor.

He flaked off bits and robbed thern with his thumb.

His hands now were lustrous with silvery scales flaking off ugly patches of red.

By flaking off successive layers, the tree displays a bark of beige, cinnamon, lime green and slate blue.

The silvered glass was faintly green in places and speckled black where the silver had flaked off the back.

But now the plaster is flaking off , and the rotted foundation is exposed.

I have tried watercolour, acrylics and indian inks, but they all subsequently flake off .

The paint flaked off over the years.

out

He'd flaked out on my bed.

She was flaked out , as she'd said.

■ NOUN

paint

Chipped paint , flaking walls, loose handles and the annual bathroom problem.

The paint flaked off over the years.

Internal decorations will be affected. Paint will blister and flake off.

EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

Paint was flaking off the doors and window frames.

EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS

Chunks of blue-green stuff flaked off and scattered over the floor.

Cranston led Athelstan into the Great Hall, pointing out the painted walls though some of the frescoes were beginning to flake .

He'd flaked out on my bed.

If it flakes or crumbles, add a little more water.

The gold covering may be flaking away, exposing the white plaster, or gesso, underneath.

Weeds and flaking paint obscure nuggets of history on many of the distinctive black-and-silver roadside markers.

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