\ ˈflanj How to pronounce flange (audio) \

Definition of flange

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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


flanged; flanging

Definition of flange (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to furnish with a flange

Examples of flange in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The orange is applied to the chronograph index on the flange, the central chronograph seconds hand, the index on the offset hour dial at 6 o’clock and the 30-minute totalizer at 3 o’clock. Carol Besler, Robb Report, 9 Aug. 2022 The addition of frost: The team also discovered a line of frost on the inner stage flange. Aditi Sangal, CNN, 29 Aug. 2022 The flange nuts on the axle shaft sub-assemblies can loosen over time and potentially cause one or both axle shaft sub-assemblies to separate from the axle housing. Detroit Free Press, 9 July 2022 The flange nuts on the axle shaft subassemblies can loosen over time and potentially cause one or both axle shaft sub-assemblies to separate from the axle housing. USA TODAY, 1 July 2022 Outfitted with a méga-tapisserie dial and an outer flange for the tachymeter scale, the ref. Oren Hartov, Robb Report, 9 July 2022 From the contemporary coffee table and line artwork above the fireplace (a Kayce Hughes creation) to the china cabinet and satin flange detail on the pale blue sofas, these accents enhanced the room's warmth. Mariah Thomas, Good Housekeeping, 11 May 2022 For those new to breastfeeding, the Go's nipple sizing guide can be helpful in picking the right flange size. Jamie Spain, Good Housekeeping, 10 May 2022 The chapter ring takes a near-vertical plunge along the flange, with lacquered indexes and polished hour markers that cling to the edge as if skiing downhill into the movement. Carol Besler, Robb Report, 23 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of flange


circa 1735, in the meaning defined at sense 1


circa 1859, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for flange


perhaps alteration of flanch a curving charge on a heraldic shield

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3 Oct 2022

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“Flange.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flange. Accessed 7 Oct. 2022.

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