What does flank mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. flank, wing(noun)

    the side of military or naval formation

    "they attacked the enemy's right flank"

  2. flank(noun)

    a subfigure consisting of a side of something

  3. flank(noun)

    a cut from the fleshy part of an animal's side between the ribs and the leg

  4. flank(verb)

    the side between ribs and hipbone

  5. flank(verb)

    be located at the sides of something or somebody

Wiktionary

  1. flank(Noun)

    The flesh between the last rib and the hip; the side.

    Etymology: From Late flanc, from flanc, of origin, probably , from hlankaz, from kleng-. Akin to hlanca, lanke (German lenken), hlanc. More at lank.

  2. flank(Noun)

    A cut of meat from the flank of an animal.

    Etymology: From Late flanc, from flanc, of origin, probably , from hlankaz, from kleng-. Akin to hlanca, lanke (German lenken), hlanc. More at lank.

  3. flank(Noun)

    The extreme left or right edge of a military formation, army etc.

    Etymology: From Late flanc, from flanc, of origin, probably , from hlankaz, from kleng-. Akin to hlanca, lanke (German lenken), hlanc. More at lank.

  4. flank(Noun)

    The side of something, in general senses.

    Etymology: From Late flanc, from flanc, of origin, probably , from hlankaz, from kleng-. Akin to hlanca, lanke (German lenken), hlanc. More at lank.

  5. flank(Noun)

    The outermost strip of a road.

    Etymology: From Late flanc, from flanc, of origin, probably , from hlankaz, from kleng-. Akin to hlanca, lanke (German lenken), hlanc. More at lank.

  6. flank(Noun)

    The wing, one side of the pitch.

    Etymology: From Late flanc, from flanc, of origin, probably , from hlankaz, from kleng-. Akin to hlanca, lanke (German lenken), hlanc. More at lank.

  7. flank(Verb)

    To attack the flank(s) of something.

    Etymology: From Late flanc, from flanc, of origin, probably , from hlankaz, from kleng-. Akin to hlanca, lanke (German lenken), hlanc. More at lank.

  8. flank(Verb)

    To defend the flank(s) of something.

    Etymology: From Late flanc, from flanc, of origin, probably , from hlankaz, from kleng-. Akin to hlanca, lanke (German lenken), hlanc. More at lank.

  9. flank(Verb)

    To place to the side(s) of something.

    Etymology: From Late flanc, from flanc, of origin, probably , from hlankaz, from kleng-. Akin to hlanca, lanke (German lenken), hlanc. More at lank.

  10. flank(Verb)

    To be placed to the side(s) of something (usually in terms of two objects, one on each side.)

    Etymology: From Late flanc, from flanc, of origin, probably , from hlankaz, from kleng-. Akin to hlanca, lanke (German lenken), hlanc. More at lank.

  11. flank(Adjective)

    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!).

    Etymology: From Late flanc, from flanc, of origin, probably , from hlankaz, from kleng-. Akin to hlanca, lanke (German lenken), hlanc. More at lank.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Flank(noun)

    the fleshy or muscular part of the side of an animal, between the ribs and the hip. See Illust. of Beef

    Etymology: [F. flanc, prob. fr. L. flaccus flabby, with n inserted. Cf. Flaccid, Flanch, Flange.]

  2. Flank(noun)

    the side of an army, or of any division of an army, as of a brigade, regiment, or battalion; the extreme right or left; as, to attack an enemy in flank is to attack him on the side

    Etymology: [F. flanc, prob. fr. L. flaccus flabby, with n inserted. Cf. Flaccid, Flanch, Flange.]

  3. Flank(noun)

    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

    Etymology: [F. flanc, prob. fr. L. flaccus flabby, with n inserted. Cf. Flaccid, Flanch, Flange.]

  4. Flank(noun)

    the side of any building

    Etymology: [F. flanc, prob. fr. L. flaccus flabby, with n inserted. Cf. Flaccid, Flanch, Flange.]

  5. Flank(noun)

    that part of the acting surface of a gear wheel tooth that lies within the pitch line

    Etymology: [F. flanc, prob. fr. L. flaccus flabby, with n inserted. Cf. Flaccid, Flanch, Flange.]

  6. Flank(verb)

    to stand at the flank or side of; to border upon

    Etymology: [F. flanc, prob. fr. L. flaccus flabby, with n inserted. Cf. Flaccid, Flanch, Flange.]

  7. Flank(verb)

    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

    Etymology: [F. flanc, prob. fr. L. flaccus flabby, with n inserted. Cf. Flaccid, Flanch, Flange.]

  8. Flank(verb)

    to border; to touch

    Etymology: [F. flanc, prob. fr. L. flaccus flabby, with n inserted. Cf. Flaccid, Flanch, Flange.]

  9. Flank(verb)

    to be posted on the side

    Etymology: [F. flanc, prob. fr. L. flaccus flabby, with n inserted. Cf. Flaccid, Flanch, Flange.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Flank

    flangk, n. the side of an animal from the ribs to the thigh: the side or wing of anything, esp. of an army or fleet: a body of soldiers on the right and left extremities.—v.t. to attack or pass round the side of: to protect the flanks of one's own army by detached bodies of troops, or field-works, or to threaten those of the enemy by directing troops against them.—v.i. to be posted on the side: to touch.—n. Flank′er, a fortification which commands the flank of an assailing force.—v.t. (obs.) to defend by flankers: to attack sideways.—Flank company, the company on the right or left when a battalion is in line; Flank files, the soldiers marching on the extreme right and left of a company, &c. [Fr. flanc, perh. L. flaccus, flabby.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. flank

    A word of very extensive application in military matters. It literally means sides or ends of any fortification, or encampment, or body of troops. Thus a writer has described flanks as “certain proportions of offensive or defensive forces extended to the right and left of a main body.” In fortification the term means any part of the work defending another by a fire along the outside of its parapet.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of flank in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of flank in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of flank in a Sentence

  1. Defense Minister Antoni Macierewicz:

    Poland has joined the actions, which are now so crucial, on NATO's southern flank, when it comes to details ... we will continue to discuss it, particularly as we consider it in the broad context of NATO's situation, hoping that both the U.S. and NATO as a whole will back Poland and other countries on the eastern flank with their ... permanent presence.

  2. Mateusz Morawiecki:

    NATO's eastern flank needs to be strengthened because Russia's aggressive policy has not, unfortunately, ended, this aggression hasn't diminished in any way. President Trump must have come to the same conclusions.

  3. Alexandra Miller:

    This consists primarily of lean protein, such as salmon or flank steak, and non-starchy vegetables such as broccoli, green beans or cauliflower.

  4. Joel Payne:

    If you doubt that Democrats can defeat Donald Trump on a progressive agenda, then Biden is going to continue to have a pretty strong lead, but if you feel like Democrats need to go big and bold and push the envelope with a transformative new agenda, I think it's pretty clear where you are going - to the left flank of the party and choose from the Sanders/Warren wing.

  5. Lluis Orriols:

    The three parties saw opportunities on their right flank ... but they have neglected the center, which the Socialists are now occupying by default.

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