\ 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

Step 2: Apply the new rubber seal to the top of the toilet flange. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "How to Install a Toilet," 9 Apr. 2019 Unfurling over the city like an enormous black umbrella, all moving spars and flanges, was the ship. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "A transgender girl rises up against alien invaders in Rich Larson’s novel Annex," 8 July 2018 The Governor, wearing pale chinos and a dark windbreaker, watched a worker demonstrate the magnetic wand, then squatted and ran the instrument under a rail flange himself. William Finnegan, The New Yorker, "Can Andy Byford Save the Subways?," 2 July 2018 All full-face masks share essentially the same design: made of hard plastic and lined with a soft silicone flange, the masks form a snug seal around your entire face, and have a two-way breathing tube that juts out on top. Sara Clemence, WSJ, "Are Full-Face Snorkels Actually Better than Traditional Masks?," 8 June 2018 Those scarred flanges are the bridge wings of the heavy cruiser San Francisco. Gary Kamiya, San Francisco Chronicle, "In World War II, San Francisco’s namesake ship was a Navy hero," 25 May 2018 Barrett acknowledged it as an unfortunate and avoidable incident resulting from use of flange-tanks. William Steel, Ars Technica, "Remediating Fukushima—“When everything goes to hell, you go back to basics”," 11 May 2018 Many shams have all four edges finished, often with a wide stitched flange, which makes the pillow look bigger. Cathy Rubin, Philly.com, "Ask Jennifer Adams: What purpose does a pillow sham serve," 26 Mar. 2018 Eventually, an engineer came forward with a small, inexpensive rubber flange that could be installed on the urinals. Sandy Bauers, Philly.com, "Going green isn't just for the Eagles: Area workplaces embrace sustainability," 15 Mar. 2018

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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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The first known use of flange was circa 1735

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English Language Learners Definition of flange

: an edge that sticks out from something (such as a wheel) and is used for strength, for guiding, or for attachment to another object

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