- 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 flanking
He joins Donohue in flanking the man as he disappears behind a partition and from camera view.
He looped around in the grass, flanking the mine mouth, slow, quiet now, crouching a little.
I was not thinking of commanding the flanking party myself, sir.A Victorious Union|Oliver Optic
The church of Notre Dame, dating from the 13th century, stands immediately under the citadel and flanking the bridge.
The flanking posts were too much engaged in defending themselves to be able to assist the defenders of Gun Hill.A Handbook of the Boer War|Gale and Polden, Limited
The town was a small one, and the fort one of the ordinary native forts, built in a parallelogram with flanking towers.With Clive in India|G. A. Henty
The other batteries took position to its left, one of them so as to command the enemy's battery with a flanking fire.Recollections with the Third Iowa Regiment|Seymour D. (Seymour Dwight) Thompson
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.