- 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.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of flank
Synonyms for flank
Examples from the Web for flank
Contemporary Examples of flank
There were no party leaders to flank him and no signs of celebration.Obama Gets Rolled
December 7, 2010
The main feature of this salad is flank steak, rubbed with garlic and grilled over a hot fire to create a perfectly seared crust.What to Eat
July 21, 2009
With his speech, Netanyahu put President Obama in the middle of the regional conflict, with Ahmadinejad on the other flank.Bibi's Collision Course
June 15, 2009
Historical Examples of flank
He struck the horse over the flank with the loose end of the halter rein.In the Midst of Alarms
Chip carefully brushed a fly off Polly's flank with the whip.Chip, of the Flying U
B. M. Bower
Why don't they defend it on the flank also, even with arrows?The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
The troopers in gray were unable to flank them or drive them back.
And again at Stone River, when the Johnnies surprised us and took us in flank.
Word Origin for flank
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.