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Meaning of FLANK

Pronunciation:  flangk

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the side between ribs and hipbone
  2. [n]  a cut from the fleshy part of an animal's side between the ribs and the leg
  3. [n]  the side of military or naval formation; "they attacked the enemy's right flank"
  4. [n]  a subfigure consisting of a side of something
  5. [v]  be located at the sides of something or somebody

FLANK is a 5 letter word that starts with F.


 Synonyms: wing
 See Also: base, body part, cut of beef, flank steak, formation, hypotenuse, lie, quadruped, subfigure



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Flank\ (fl[a^][ng]k), n. [F. flanc, prob. fr. L. flaccus
    flabby, with n inserted. Cf. {Flaccid}, {Flanch}, {Flange}.]
    1. The fleshy or muscular part of the side of an animal,
       between the ribs and the hip. See Illust. of {Beef}.
    2. (Mil.)
       (a) The side of an army, or of any division of an army, as
           of a brigade, regiment, or battalion; the extreme
           right or left; as, to attack an enemy in flank is to
           attack him on the side.
                 When to right and left the front
                 Divided, and to either flank retired. --Milton.
       (b) (Fort.) 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. See Illust. of {Bastion}.
    3. (Arch.) The side of any building. --Brands.
    4. That part of the acting surface of a gear wheel tooth that
       lies within the pitch line.
    {Flank attack} (Mil.), an attack upon the side of an army or
       body of troops, distinguished from one upon its front or
    {Flank company} (Mil.), a certain number of troops drawn up
       on the right or left of a battalion; usually grenadiers,
       light infantry, or riflemen.
    {Flank defense} (Fort.), protection of a work against undue
       exposure to an enemy's direct fire, by means of the fire
       from other works, sweeping the ground in its front.
    {Flank en potence} (Mil.), any part of the right or left wing
       formed at a projecting angle with the line.
    {Flank files}, the first men on the right, and the last on
       the left, of a company, battalion, etc.
    {Flank march}, a march made parallel or obliquely to an
       enemy's position, in order to turn it or to attack him on
       the flank.
    {Flank movement}, a change of march by an army, or portion of
       one, in order to turn one or both wings of the enemy, or
       to take up a new position.
    {Flanks of a frontier}, salient points in a national
       boundary, strengthened to protect the frontier against
       hostile incursion.
    {Flank patrol}, detachments acting independently of the
       column of an army, but patrolling along its flanks, to
       secure it against surprise and to observe the movements of
       the enemy.
  2. \Flank\ (fl[a^][ng]k), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Flanked}
    (fl[a^][ng]kt); p. pr. & vb. n. {Flanking}.] [Cf. F.
    flanquer. See {Flank}, n., and cf. {Flanker}, v. t.]
    1. To stand at the flank or side of; to border upon.
             Stately colonnades are flanked with trees. --Pitt.
    2. 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.
  3. \Flank\, v. i.
    1. To border; to touch. --Bp. Butler.
    2. To be posted on the side.
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