A fleck is a small patch that is different and stands out from the background, like the flecks of green in your blue eyes. A fleck can also be a fragment of something, like the flecks of peeling paint you might see on the floor in an old building.

The noun fleck can describe a color or a spot of light that stands out, like a fleck of orange in a brown and white plaid, or the little bits of light reflected off a sequined top. It can also describe a particle, such as a fleck of dirt you track into your house on your shoe. Fleck can also be a verb that means dotting or marking something with little spots, like when you fleck paint on the wall to produce a random dotted effect.

Primary Meanings of fleck

a small contrasting part of something
make a spot or mark onto
a small fragment of something broken off from the whole
Full Definitions of fleck

n a small contrasting part of something

“a fleck of red”
dapple, maculation, patch, speckle, spot
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pinpoint, speck
a very small spot
(pathology) a faint cloudy spot on the cornea
a patch of bright color
fret, worn spot
a spot that has been worn away by abrasion or erosion
(pathology) a small abnormal patch on or inside the body
macula, macule
a patch of skin that is discolored but not usually elevated; caused by various diseases
mock sun, parhelion, sundog
a bright spot on the parhelic circle; caused by diffraction by ice crystals
macula, sunspot
a cooler darker spot appearing periodically on the sun's photosphere; associated with a strong magnetic field
a large bright spot on the sun's photosphere occurring most frequently in the vicinity of sunspots
a bright spot on a planet
amyloid plaque, amyloid protein plaque
a plaque consisting of tangles of amyloid protein in nervous tissue (a pathological mark of Alzheimer's disease)
arterial plaque
a fatty deposit inside an arterial wall; characteristic of atherosclerosis
bacterial plaque, dental plaque
a film of mucus and bacteria deposited on the teeth that encourages the development of dental caries
freckle, lentigo
a small brownish spot (of the pigment melanin) on the skin
liver spot
a type of skin disease that causes brown spots on the skin
plague spot
a spot on the skin characteristic of the plague
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a pattern of marks

v make a spot or mark onto

blob, blot, spot
produce or leave stains
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blotch or spot
defile, maculate, stain, sully, tarnish
make dirty or spotty, as by exposure to air; also used metaphorically
bespeckle, speckle
mark with small spots
bespatter, spatter
spot, splash, or soil
tarnish or stain
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change surface
undergo or cause to undergo a change in the surface

n a small fragment of something broken off from the whole

bit, chip, flake, scrap
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fragments of wood
exfoliation, scale, scurf
a thin flake of dead epidermis shed from the surface of the skin
(botany) a covering that resembles scales or bran that covers some plant parts
sliver, splinter
a small thin sharp bit or wood or glass or metal
small scales from animal skins or hair or bird feathers that can cause allergic reactions in some people
loose scales shed from the scalp
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a piece broken off or cut off of something else

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