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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 outer flange features a tachymeter scale for measuring distance. Roberta Naas, Forbes, "Vacheron Constantin Unveils High Complication Watches At Watches & Wonders Geneva 2021," 7 Apr. 2021 While most toilet plungers can fix a clog, one with an extension flange provides a better fit and works well for heavy-duty clogs. Angela Watson, chicagotribune.com, "How to fix a toilet that won’t flush," 29 Mar. 2021 Make sure to use a cup plunger designed for sinks and not the flange type used on toilets. Jeff Harper, chicagotribune.com, "How to fix a small dent in a car," 11 Mar. 2021 The researchers said the width of the flange of the mask —the area of the material that touches the skin — might be a critical feature to fit. Nancy Clanton, ajc, "Face mask fit vs fabric: Which is more important?," 15 Feb. 2021 Underlying problems your plumber finds (such as leaky pipes, a cracked flange or leaky valves) can increase costs; disposing of your old toilet also runs about $50 to $200, the site notes. Nerd Wallet, oregonlive, "4 home repair projects that are best left to the pros," 15 Dec. 2020 The clutch flange may break due to the heat treating and stamping process. Detroit Free Press, "Car recalls for Dec. 3-10: More than 400K vehicles from Kia, Hyundai recalled," 11 Dec. 2020 The photo features a mechanic tightening the flange for an industrial high-temperature expansion joint with a Crescent wrench (turned backward) and Channellock pliers. WSJ, "Any Real Craftsman Should Know to Use the Right Tool," 9 Sep. 2020 The result is a more significant increase in body size and the development of facial flaps called flanges, which female orangutans find extremely attractive. Popsci Staff, Popular Science, "You can totally sprain your teeth (and you’ve probably done it before)," 29 Apr. 2020

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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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18 Apr 2021

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“Flange.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flange. Accessed 19 Apr. 2021.

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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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