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flank

noun \ ˈflaŋk \
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

Definition of flank

1 a : the fleshy part of the side between the ribs and the hip; broadly : the side of a quadruped
  • She gently patted the horse's flank.
b : a cut of meat from this part of an animal — see beef illustration
2 a : side
  • the eastern flank of a volcano
b : the right or left of a formation
  • attacked the enemy on both flanks
3 : the area along either side of a heraldic shield

Examples of flank in a Sentence

  1. She gently patted the horse's flank.

  2. They attacked the enemy on both flanks.

  3. the eastern flank of a volcano

Recent Examples of flank from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of flank

Middle English, from Old French flanc, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German hlanca loin, flank — more at lank

flank Synonyms


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flank

verb

Definition of flank

transitive verb
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 in a Sentence

  1. the tackles flank the center on a football team's offensive line

Recent Examples of flank from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of flank

see 1flank

flank Synonyms

Synonyms
abut, border (on), butt (on or against), adjoin, fringe, join, march (with), neighbor, skirt, touch, verge (on)
Related Words
attach (to), communicate (with), connect (with), link (with); bound, embrace, encircle, enclose (also inclose), fence, line, margin, rim, surround; contact, converge, meet

FLANK Defined for English Language Learners

flank

noun

Definition of flank for English Language Learners

  • : 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


flank

verb

Definition of flank for English Language Learners

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


FLANK Defined for Kids

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flank

noun \ ˈflaŋk \

Definition of flank for Students

1 : the area on the side of an animal between the ribs and the hip
2 : 1side 3
  • the mountain's flank
3 : the right or left side of a formation (as of soldiers)

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flank

verb

Definition of flank for Students

flanked; flanking
1 : to be located at the side of
  • With two rats flanking him, the Father Abbot stepped forward …
  • —Brian Jacques, Redwall
2 : to attack or threaten the side of
  • We've flanked the enemy troops.

Medical Dictionary

flank

noun \ ˈflaŋk \

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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