- 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 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|Umar Farooq|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Marlow Stern|September 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Her sons walked behind her, flanked by their father, the Prince; their grandfather, the Duke; and their uncle, the Earl.
“Technically the campus is a crime scene,” said Garcia, who was flanked by dozens of officers and college officials.
Outside, on the roof, the clock is flanked by more Beaux Arts touches: statues of Hercules, Mercury, and Minerva.
Each diamond is further ornamented with the Tudor rose, ensigned with the royal crown, and flanked by the initials E. R.Royal English Bookbindings|Cyril Davenport
They were flanked by nine other chairs on the right and nine on the left for the eighteen other prisoners.The Tree of Heaven|May Sinclair
Flanked by guards, they went down a corridor which stretched on interminably.The Status Civilization|Robert Sheckley
Sussex backs gave place in time to the grate in which a metal back was frequently incorporated, flanked by the dogs in front.Chats on Household Curios|Fred W. Burgess
The Confederacy was finally beaten because it was flanked in the west and cut in two at Vicksburg.The Ifs of History|Joseph Edgar Chamberlin
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.