[ flang-ker ]
/ ˈflæŋ kər /
a person or thing that flanks.
Military. one of a body of soldiers placed on the flank of an army to guard a line of march.
Fortification. a fortification projecting so as to defend another work or to command the flank of an assailing body.
- Also called flank·er·back. an offensive back who lines up outside of an end.
- split end.
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Examples from the Web for flanker
Presumably, it was part of a flanker for a formal outdoor stair or steps (fig. 39).The Cultural History of Marlborough, Virginia|C. Malcolm Watkins
What a sin it would be to spoil a fellow cut out for a flanker; and on a shoulder intended to carry a grenade, to hang a surplice.
British Dictionary definitions for flanker
/ (ˈflæŋkə) /
one of a detachment of soldiers detailed to guard the flanks, esp of a formation
a projecting fortification, used esp to protect or threaten a flank
rugby a wing forward
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