- 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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Related Words for flankingspin, encircle, surround, abut, flank, adjoin, neighbor, delineate, set, mark, limit, distinguish, establish, oblique, side, wheel, whirl, encompass, rotate, girdle
Examples from the Web for flanking
Contemporary Examples of flanking
He joins Donohue in flanking the man as he disappears behind a partition and from camera view.Synagogue Slay: When Cops Have to Kill
December 10, 2014
He looped around in the grass, flanking the mine mouth, slow, quiet now, crouching a little.The Ballad of Johnny France
Richard Ben Cramer
January 12, 2014
Historical Examples of flanking
A flanking column, coming from the Drina, had arrived at Slepehevitch.
Only the chancel with its flanking chapels and the transept have been built.Portuguese Architecture
Walter Crum Watson
We go out by an entrance on to a bastion, flanking the gate.At the Point of the Bayonet
G. A. Henty
This was built in zigzag shape, so that a flanking fire could be kept up from it.Through Three Campaigns
G. A. Henty
Flanking them were two smaller figures, one above the other.Museum of Antiquity
L. W. Yaggy
- 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 for flank
Word Origin and History for flanking
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.