Meaning of FLAKE in English

FLAKE

1. n. & v.

--n.

1. a a small thin light piece of snow. b a similar piece of another material.

2 a thin broad piece of material peeled or split off.

3 Archaeol. a piece of hard stone chipped off and used as a tool.

4 a natural division of the flesh of some fish.

5 the dogfish or other shark as food.

--v.tr. & intr. (often foll. by away, off)

1. take off or come away in flakes.

2 sprinkle with or fall in snowlike flakes.

Phrases and idioms:

flake out colloq. fall asleep or drop from exhaustion; faint.

Etymology: ME: orig. unkn.: cf. ON flakna flake off 2. n.1 a stage for drying fish etc.

2 a rack for storing oatcakes etc.

Etymology: ME, perh. f. ON flaki, fleki wicker shield

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.