Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun One that flanks, especially a soldier so positioned as to protect the flank of a column of troops on the march.
  • noun Business An extension product, such as a diet version of a soft drink or a liquid version of a detergent, added to a line to support the sales of the main product.
  • noun Football A flankerback.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A spark of fire.
  • noun One who or that which flanks, as a skirmisher or body of troops employed on the flank of an army to reconnoiter or guard a line of march, or a fortification projecting so as to command the side of an assailing body.
  • noun A side piece or flanked piece of timber.
  • To defend by flankers or lateral fortifications.
  • To attack sidewise or by the flank.
  • To come on sidewise.
  • To sparkle; flicker.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun One who, or that which, flanks, as a skirmisher or a body of troops sent out upon the flanks of an army toguard a line of march, or a fort projecting so as to command the side of an assailing body.
  • transitive verb obsolete To defend by lateral fortifications.
  • transitive verb obsolete To attack sideways.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun rugby A player who plays in the back row of the scrum.
  • noun American football A wide receiver who lines up behind the line of scrimmage.
  • noun military A fortification or soldier projecting so as to defend another work or to command the flank of an assailing body.
  • verb obsolete To defend by lateral fortifications.
  • verb obsolete To attack sideways.

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

  • noun a back stationed wide of the scrimmage line; used as a pass receiver
  • noun a soldier who is a member of a detachment assigned to guard the flanks of a military formation

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  • When I was a kid (1956-1966), I lived in east Cambridgeshire, England. We called a halfpenny coin a "flanker".

    December 7, 2009

  • I'd hate to have to nominate a particular year in which my childhood ended :-(

    December 7, 2009

  • Still a child at heart eh, bilby?

    Aren't we all.

    December 7, 2009

  • I have yet to decide what I want to be when I grow up.

    December 7, 2009