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flank

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noun \ˈflaŋk\

Simple Definition of flank

  • : the area on the side of an animal (such as a horse) between the ribs and the hip

  • : the right or left side of a military formation

  • : the side of something

Full Definition of flank

  1. 1 a :  the fleshy part of the side between the ribs and the hip; broadly :  the side of a quadruped b :  a cut of meat from this part of an animal — see beef illustration

  2. 2 a :  side b :  the right or left of a formation

  3. 3 :  the area along either side of a heraldic shield

Examples of flank

  1. She gently patted the horse's flank.

  2. They attacked the enemy on both flanks.

  3. the eastern flank of a volcano



Origin of flank

Middle English, from Old French flanc, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German hlanca loin, flank — more at lank


First Known Use: before 12th century


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flank

verb

Simple Definition of flank

  • : to be located on both sides of (something or someone)

Full Definition of flank

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to be situated at the side of; especially :  to be situated on both sides of <a road flanked with linden trees> b :  to place something on each side of

  3. 2 :  to protect a flank of

  4. 3 :  to attack or threaten the flank of (as a body of troops)

Examples of flank

  1. <the tackles flank the center on a football team's offensive line>



1594

First Known Use of flank

1594


Medical Dictionary

flank

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noun \ˈflaŋk\

Medical Definition of flank

  1. :  the fleshy part of the side between the ribs and the hip; broadly :  the side of a quadruped



Illustration of flank



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