Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In heraldry, charged with a pair of flanches. The tincture of the flanch is mentioned in the blazon, and it often happens that instead of a single tincture the surface of the flanch is covered with bearings identified with some person other than the bearer. Sometimes the flanches are charged with the ancestral arms of the bearer, and their position on these limited parts of the field is an early form of denoting cadency, or perhaps illegitimacy. Also flanked, flanqued.
- adj. heraldry Having flanches.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. (Her.) Having flanches; -- said of an escutcheon with those bearings.
“The thickness is of little moment if the top, or wash between the antae can be flanched up with cement, so as to prevent the weather getting in behind.”
“_Warrenne_ (_gu. a lion rampt. or_, and No. 68), “_flanched_,” -- that is, blazoned only upon the flanches (see No. 141) of the Shield, the central area being blank.”
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