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: a rib or rim for strength, for guiding, or for attachment to another object
a flange on a pipe
a flange on a wheel
: a projecting edge of cloth used for decoration on clothing
a jacket with flange shoulders


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flanged; flanging

transitive verb

: to furnish with a flange

Examples of flange in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Instead of placing the running chrono minutes in a subdial, they are clocked by a central hand pointing at an index on the flange, an extremely rare positioning in watchmaking. Carol Besler, Robb Report, 30 June 2023 Keep an eye out for the rubber tube that connects the pump’s motor to the flanges. WIRED, 14 June 2023 Still, Kenmore created a new replacement part, doubling the thickness and adding flanges to make installation more flexible. Dominic Gates, Anchorage Daily News, 6 Sep. 2023 Porsche continues to highlight the legacy of the original 911 on the dial with red lines on the flange mirroring the 0-100 km/h achievement in just 9.1 seconds. Cait Bazemore, Robb Report, 8 Sep. 2023 The bra also fits around most standard pump flanges, like Medela or Spectra. Jasmine Gomez, Women's Health, 18 Aug. 2023 Place the flange over the drain hole in the sink and screw the tailpiece to the flange. Kelly Allen, House Beautiful, 17 June 2021 Size does matter for breast pumps—that is, the size of the flange, which is sized to your nipple. WIRED, 14 June 2023 Users say the flanges are a bit stiff and lack the rubber padding some other models have to make the process more comfortable. Jamie Spain and Rachel Rothman, goodhousekeeping.com, 10 June 2023 See More

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Word History



perhaps alteration of flanch a curving charge on a heraldic shield

First Known Use


circa 1735, in the meaning defined at sense 1


circa 1859, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of flange was circa 1735

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Cite this Entry

“Flange.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flange. Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


: a rib or rim used for strength, for guiding, or for attachment to another object
the flange on a locomotive wheel

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