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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The section of flesh on the body of a person or an animal between the last rib and the hip; the side.
  • n. A cut of meat from the flank of an animal.
  • n. A lateral part or side: the flank of a mountain.
  • n. The right or left side of a military formation: an attack on both flanks.
  • n. The right or left side of a bastion.
  • transitive v. To protect or guard the flank of.
  • transitive v. To menace or attack the flank of.
  • transitive v. To be placed or situated at the flank or side of: Two stone lions flanked the entrance.
  • transitive v. To put (something) on each side of: flanked the driveway with tall shrubs.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Maximum (of speed). Historically faster than full speed (the most a vessel can sustain without excessive engine wear or risk of damage), now frequently used interchangeably. Typically used in an emergency or during an attack (All ahead flank!).
  • n. The flesh between the last rib and the hip; the side.
  • n. A cut of meat from the flank of an animal.
  • n. The extreme left or right edge of a military formation, army etc.
  • n. The side of something, in general senses.
  • n. The outermost strip of a road.
  • n. The wing, one side of the pitch.
  • v. To attack the flank(s) of something.
  • v. To defend the flank(s) of something.
  • v. To place to the side(s) of something.
  • v. To be placed to the side(s) of something (usually in terms of two objects, one on each side.)

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The fleshy or muscular part of the side of an animal, between the ribs and the hip. See Illust. of beef.
  • n.
  • n. The side of an army, or of any division of an army, as of a brigade, regiment, or battalion; the extreme right or left.
  • n. That part of a bastion which reaches from the curtain to the face, and defends the curtain, the flank and face of the opposite bastion; any part of a work defending another by a fire along the outside of its parapet.
  • n. The side of any building.
  • n. That part of the acting surface of a gear wheel tooth that lies within the pitch line.
  • transitive v. To stand at the flank or side of; to border upon.
  • transitive v. To overlook or command the flank of; to secure or guard the flank of; to pass around or turn the flank of; to attack, or threaten to attack; the flank of.
  • intransitive v. To border; to touch.
  • intransitive v. To be posted on the side.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The posterior part of either side of an animal, between the ribs and the hip; also, the thin piece of flesh constituting this part.
  • n. In entomology, the pleura or side of an insect's thorax.
  • n. Milit., one of the sides of an army, or of any of its divisions, as a brigade, regiment, or battalion: as, to attack the enemy on the right flank.
  • n. Hence A side of anything: as, the flanks of a building.
  • n. In fortification, that part of a bastion which reaches from the curtain to the face, or any part of a work that defends another work by a fire along the outside of its parapet. See cut under bastion.
  • n. The acting surface of a cog inside the pitch-line.
  • n. plural In farriery, a wrench or any other injury to the back of a horse.
  • n. In leather manufacturing, the part of a hide from the side of a beast.
  • Pertaining to a flank or side.
  • To stand or be placed or posted at the flank or side of; border at the side or sides: as, the flanking troops of an army.
  • Specifically Milit.: To attack or threaten the side or flank of; place troops so as to command, threaten, or attack the flank of.
  • To pass round or turn the flank of; march or move along or past one side of, as an opposing army.
  • To secure or guard the flank of: as, they flanked their position with abattis.
  • To occupy a flank position; border; touch: with on.
  • n. A spark or flake of fire.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a cut from the fleshy part of an animal's side between the ribs and the leg
  • v. be located at the sides of something or somebody
  • n. the side of military or naval formation
  • n. a subfigure consisting of a side of something
  • n. the side between ribs and hipbone

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old English flanc, from Old French flanc, of Germanic origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Late Middle English flanc, from Old French flanc, of Germanic origin, probably Frankish *hlanca, from Proto-Germanic *hlankaz (“flexible", "to bend”), from Proto-Indo-European *kleng- (“to bend”). Akin to Old High German hlanca ("loin"), Middle High German lanke ("hip joint") (German lenken ("to bend, turn, lead")), Old English hlanc ("loose, slender, flaccid, lank"). More at lank. (Wiktionary)

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