Meaning: form into flakes; "The substances started to flake"
Boil a whitefish in salted water and flake fine with a fork.
Remove the skin, fat, and bone from cold turbot, and flake fine with a fork.
Something that looked like beef: one flake of it the size of a square envelope.
And there I, a fragile flake of soul dust, flickered silently across the void, from the distant blue, into the expanse of the unknown.
It should be noted that the layers of flake nickel extend practically unbroken across the tube and make contact with the metal wall at both sides.
The vertical bounding walls are edges of the perforated metal containing tube; the dark horizontal lines are layers of nickel flake, while the light-colored thicker layers represent the nickel hydrate.