flank

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1flank

noun \ˈflaŋk\

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

Other Anatomy Terms

bilateral symmetry, carotid, cartilage, dorsal, entrails, prehensile, renal, solar plexus, supine, thoracic, ventral

2flank

transitive verb

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

Full Definition of FLANK

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
2
:  to protect a flank of
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>

First Known Use of FLANK

1594

flank

noun \ˈflaŋk\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of FLANK

: 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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