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English noun: flake

1. flake (phenomenon) a crystal of snow


Broader (hypernym)crystal

Part meronymsnow, snowfall

Substance holonymH2O, water

Substance meronymsnow

2. flake (person) a person with an unusual or odd personality

Synonymseccentric, eccentric person, geek, oddball

Broader (hypernym)anomaly, unusual person

Narrower (hyponym)crackpot, crank, fruitcake, nut, nut case, nutter, screwball, wacko, whacko

3. flake (object) a small fragment of something broken off from the whole

SamplesA bit of rock caught him in the eye.

Synonymsbit, chip, fleck, scrap

Broader (hypernym)fragment

Narrower (hyponym)exfoliation, matchwood, scale, scurf, scurf, sliver, splinter

English verb: flake

1. flake (contact) form into flakes

SamplesThe substances started to flake.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)form

2. flake (contact) cover with flakes or as if with flakes

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)cover

3. flake (contact) come off in flakes or thin small pieces

SamplesThe paint in my house is peeling off.

Synonymsflake off, peel, peel off

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)break away, break off, chip, chip off, come off

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