- the side of an animal or a person between the ribs and hip.
- the thin piece of flesh constituting this part.
- a slice of meat from the flank of an animal.
- the side of anything, as of a building.
- Military, Navy. the extreme right or left side of an army or fleet, or a subdivision of an army or fleet.
- the right or left side of a work or fortification.
- the part of a bastion that extends from the curtain to the face and protects the curtain and the opposite face.
- Machinery. (on a screw thread or the like) either of the two vertical inclined surfaces between the crest and the root.
- to stand or be placed or posted at the flank or side of.
- to defend or guard at the flank.
- Military. to menace or attack the flank of.
- to pass around or turn the flank of.
- to occupy a position at the flank or side.
- to present the flank or side.
Origin of flank
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Examples from the Web for flanked
He speaks in a whisper, flanked by the two locals who set up the meeting.The Dangerous Drug-Funded Secret War Between Iran and Pakistan
December 29, 2014
Alberto Barbera, director of the Venice Film Festival, took the stage, flanked by a woman holding a trophy and a medal.James Franco Shot His New Movie at the Venice Film Festival and I Was in It
September 5, 2014
Her sons walked behind her, flanked by their father, the Prince; their grandfather, the Duke; and their uncle, the Earl.The Day the Fairytale Died
July 12, 2014
“Technically the campus is a crime scene,” said Garcia, who was flanked by dozens of officers and college officials.Another Campus Attack, This Time With a Knife
April 9, 2013
Outside, on the roof, the clock is flanked by more Beaux Arts touches: statues of Hercules, Mercury, and Minerva.Grand Central Terminal: 100 Years, 100 Facts
February 1, 2013
The fine gateway of the castle is flanked by two squat towers.Yorkshire Painted And Described
It was flanked by a river, upon the opposite bank of which rose a gentle mountain.Quaint Courtships
He was followed by two young women, who flanked him by a pace or so to the rear.
For days and days they flanked the safari before venturing to approach.
Once over this and into the guard-house, and we can never be flanked, whatever else betide.In the Valley
- the side of a man or animal between the ribs and the hip
- (loosely) the outer part of the human thigh
- a cut of beef from the flank
- the side of anything, such as a mountain or building
- the side of a naval or military formation
- (when intr, often foll by on or upon) to be located at the side of (an object, building, etc)
- military to position or guard on or beside the flank of (a formation, etc)
- military to move past or go round (a flank)
Word Origin and History for flanked
late Old English flanc "fleshy part of the side," from Old French flanc, probably from Frankish *hlanca (cf. Old High German (h)lanca, Middle High German lanke "hip joint," German lenken "to bend, turn, lead"), from PIE root *kleng- "to bend, turn" (see link (n.)). The military sense is first attested 1540s, as is the verb. Related: Flanked; flanking.
- The side of the body between the pelvis or hip and the last rib; the side.
- The section of flesh in that area.