- 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)
- flange coupling,
- flanged rail,
- flank position,
- flank speed,
Origin of flank
Examples from the Web for flank
There were no party leaders to flank him and no signs of celebration.
The main feature of this salad is flank steak, rubbed with garlic and grilled over a hot fire to create a perfectly seared crust.
With his speech, Netanyahu put President Obama in the middle of the regional conflict, with Ahmadinejad on the other flank.
The increasing twilight was now just merging into night, and a wood stretched between the Northern cavalry and the Southern flank.The Scouts of Stonewall|Joseph A. Altsheler
Assailed in front and in flank, hemmed in by the fatal morass in the rear, the Spaniards were thrown into utter confusion.History of the Reign of Philip the Second, King of Spain.|William H. Prescott
Then the infantry became engaged, Jackson throwing his brigades upon Prince, turning his flank, and pushing him back.Following the Flag|Charles Carleton Coffin
Meanwhile 400 Illyrians had been detached to take the enemy in flank.Historical Parallels, vol 3 (of 3)|Arthur Thomas Malkin
The attack upon our flank was made by the whole of Hardee's Corps.The Battle of Atlanta|Grenville M. Dodge
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.