from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The section of flesh on the body of a person or an animal between the last rib and the hip; the side.
- n. A cut of meat from the flank of an animal.
- n. A lateral part or side: the flank of a mountain.
- n. The right or left side of a military formation: an attack on both flanks.
- n. The right or left side of a bastion.
- transitive v. To protect or guard the flank of.
- transitive v. To menace or attack the flank of.
- transitive v. To be placed or situated at the flank or side of: Two stone lions flanked the entrance.
- transitive v. To put (something) on each side of: flanked the driveway with tall shrubs.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Maximum (of speed). Historically faster than full speed (the most a vessel can sustain without excessive engine wear or risk of damage), now frequently used interchangeably. Typically used in an emergency or during an attack (All ahead flank!).
- n. The flesh between the last rib and the hip; the side.
- n. A cut of meat from the flank of an animal.
- n. The extreme left or right edge of a military formation, army etc.
- n. The side of something, in general senses.
- n. The outermost strip of a road.
- n. The wing, one side of the pitch.
- v. To attack the flank(s) of something.
- v. To defend the flank(s) of something.
- v. To place to the side(s) of something.
- v. To be placed to the side(s) of something (usually in terms of two objects, one on each side.)
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The fleshy or muscular part of the side of an animal, between the ribs and the hip. See Illust. of beef.
- n. The side of an army, or of any division of an army, as of a brigade, regiment, or battalion; the extreme right or left.
- n. That part of a bastion which reaches from the curtain to the face, and defends the curtain, the flank and face of the opposite bastion; any part of a work defending another by a fire along the outside of its parapet.
- n. The side of any building.
- n. That part of the acting surface of a gear wheel tooth that lies within the pitch line.
- transitive v. To stand at the flank or side of; to border upon.
- transitive v. To overlook or command the flank of; to secure or guard the flank of; to pass around or turn the flank of; to attack, or threaten to attack; the flank of.
- intransitive v. To border; to touch.
- intransitive v. To be posted on the side.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The posterior part of either side of an animal, between the ribs and the hip; also, the thin piece of flesh constituting this part.
- n. In entomology, the pleura or side of an insect's thorax.
- n. Milit., one of the sides of an army, or of any of its divisions, as a brigade, regiment, or battalion: as, to attack the enemy on the right flank.
- n. Hence A side of anything: as, the flanks of a building.
- n. In fortification, that part of a bastion which reaches from the curtain to the face, or any part of a work that defends another work by a fire along the outside of its parapet. See cut under bastion.
- n. The acting surface of a cog inside the pitch-line.
- n. plural In farriery, a wrench or any other injury to the back of a horse.
- n. In leather manufacturing, the part of a hide from the side of a beast.
- Pertaining to a flank or side.
- To stand or be placed or posted at the flank or side of; border at the side or sides: as, the flanking troops of an army.
- Specifically Milit.: To attack or threaten the side or flank of; place troops so as to command, threaten, or attack the flank of.
- To pass round or turn the flank of; march or move along or past one side of, as an opposing army.
- To secure or guard the flank of: as, they flanked their position with abattis.
- To occupy a flank position; border; touch: with on.
- n. A spark or flake of fire.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a cut from the fleshy part of an animal's side between the ribs and the leg
- v. be located at the sides of something or somebody
- n. the side of military or naval formation
- n. a subfigure consisting of a side of something
- n. the side between ribs and hipbone
Middle English, from Old English flanc, from Old French flanc, of Germanic origin.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Late Middle English flanc, from Old French flanc, of Germanic origin, probably Frankish *hlanca, from Proto-Germanic *hlankaz (“flexible", "to bend”), from Proto-Indo-European *kleng- (“to bend”). Akin to Old High German hlanca ("loin"), Middle High German lanke ("hip joint") (German lenken ("to bend, turn, lead")), Old English hlanc ("loose, slender, flaccid, lank"). More at lank. (Wiktionary)