- 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.
Origin of flank
OTHER WORDS FROM flankun·flank, verb (used with object)well-flanked, adjective
How to use flank in a sentence
He joins Donohue in flanking the man as he disappears behind a partition and from camera view.
Inside, the seats were gutted and replaced with benches flanking the walls.
He looped around in the grass, flanking the mine mouth, slow, quiet now, crouching a little.
Activities on stage got projected on giant screens flanking the dais, or on the jumbotron-like rig overhead.
In fact, the true tug only begins when we try to carry the second line and the flanking machine guns.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I|Ian Hamilton
Passing the flanking line of mesas, Bill pushed his way up a watercourse between two foothills.Mystery Ranch|Arthur Chapman
Flanking these are sacred figures, which are too small to be attractive at a greater distance than six yards.
Once more we robbed the stone wall, building our two flanking paths of stepping-stones to the other side of the brook.The Idyl of Twin Fires|Walter Prichard Eaton
A considerable effort at ornamentation has been made on the walls flanking the balcony described.