I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Old French flanc, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German hlanca loin, flank — more at lank Date: before 12th century 1. a. the fleshy part of the side between the ribs and the hip; broadly the side of a quadruped b. a cut of meat from this part of an animal — see beef illustration 2. a. side b. the right or left of a formation 3. the area along either side of a heraldic shield II. transitive verb Date: 1594 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)

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • Flank — (fl[a^][ng]k), n. [F. flanc, prob. fr. L. flaccus flabby, with n inserted. Cf. {Flaccid}, {Flanch}, {Flange}.] 1. The fleshy or muscular part of the side of an animal, between the ribs and the hip. See Illust. of {Beef}. [1913 Webster] 2. (Mil.)… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Flank — (fl[a^][ng]k), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Flanked} (fl[a^][ng]kt); p. pr. & vb. n. {Flanking}.] [Cf. F. flanquer. See {Flank}, n., and cf. {Flanker}, v. t.] 1. To stand at the flank or side of; to border upon. [1913 Webster] Stately colonnades are… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Flank — may refer to: * Flank, the side of either a horse or a military unit * Flanking maneuver in military tactics * Flank (electronics), when a signal goes high or low it forms an waveform edge . * Flank, a region of the posterior torso (lower back)… …   Wikipedia

  • flank — [flaŋk] n. [ME flanke < OFr flanc < Frank * hlanka, akin to OHG hlanka, a hip, flank: for IE base see LANK] 1. the fleshy side of a person or animal between the ribs and the hip 2. a cut of beef from this part: see BEEF 3. loosely the outer …   English World dictionary

  • Flank — Flank, v. i. 1. To border; to touch. Bp. Butler. [1913 Webster] 2. To be posted on the side. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • flank — flank; out·flank·er; …   English syllables

  • flank — index border (bound), hedge, protect Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • flank — (n.) late O.E. flanc fleshy part of the side, from O.Fr. flanc, probably from Frankish *hlanca (Cf. O.H.G. (h)lanca, M.H.G. lanke hip joint, Ger. lenken to bend, turn, lead ), from PIE root *kleng to bend, turn (see LINK (Cf. link) (n.)). Th …   Etymology dictionary

  • flank — [n] haunch of an animate being ham, hand, hip, loin, pleuron, quarter, side, thigh, wing; concept 392 …   New thesaurus

  • flank — ► NOUN 1) the side of a person s or animal s body between the ribs and the hip. 2) the side of something such as a building or mountain. 3) the left or right side of a body of people. ► VERB ▪ be situated on each or on one side of. ORIGIN Old… …   English terms dictionary

  • flank — n. 1) to turn ( go around ) a flank (to turn the enemy s flank) 2) on a flank (on the left flank) 3) (misc.) a flank attack * * * [flæŋk] (misc.) a flank attack on a flank (on the left flank) to turn ( go around ) a flank (to turn the enemy s… …   Combinatory dictionary

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