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flank

[flangk] /flæŋk/
noun
1.
the side of an animal or a person between the ribs and hip.
2.
the thin piece of flesh constituting this part.
3.
a slice of meat from the flank of an animal.
4.
the side of anything, as of a building.
5.
Military, Navy. the extreme right or left side of an army or fleet, or a subdivision of an army or fleet.
6.
Fortification.
  1. the right or left side of a work or fortification.
  2. the part of a bastion that extends from the curtain to the face and protects the curtain and the opposite face.
7.
Machinery. (on a screw thread or the like) either of the two vertical inclined surfaces between the crest and the root.
verb (used with object)
8.
to stand or be placed or posted at the flank or side of.
9.
to defend or guard at the flank.
10.
Military. to menace or attack the flank of.
11.
to pass around or turn the flank of.
verb (used without object)
12.
to occupy a position at the flank or side.
13.
to present the flank or side.
Origin
1100
before 1100; Middle English; late Old English flanc < Old French < Frankish; compare Old High German hlanca loin
Related forms
unflank, verb (used with object)
well-flanked, adjective
Synonyms
8. line, edge, skirt, border.
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Examples from the web for flanks
  • There are even drums with flexible flanks that you squeeze under your arm to change their tone.
  • They are affectionate, intertwining necks and walking so closely that their flanks touch.
  • Her flanks were more blue than gray, glistening with patches of dark mud.
  • When they see us, they scream and bury their heads in the donkey's flanks and necks.
  • Because, of the anarchy reigning in the construction sector, the mountain flanks were soon conquered and shantytowns flourished.
  • While there, learn to horseback ride and explore the mountain or valley scenery that flanks the ranch area.
  • Mud clings to hooves and boots and it dries on the horses' flanks.
  • Rays of color, fractured rainbows, spread out over the flanks.
  • There's nothing as primal as climbing the flanks of an active volcano or peering down into an erupting crater.
  • There is no make or model designation on the flanks.
British Dictionary definitions for flanks

flank

/flæŋk/
noun
1.
the side of a man or animal between the ribs and the hip
2.
(loosely) the outer part of the human thigh
3.
a cut of beef from the flank
4.
the side of anything, such as a mountain or building
5.
the side of a naval or military formation
verb
6.
when intr, often foll by on or upon. to be located at the side of (an object, building, etc)
7.
(military) to position or guard on or beside the flank of (a formation, etc)
8.
(military) to move past or go round (a flank)
Word Origin
C12: from Old French flanc, of Germanic origin
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Word Origin and History for flanks

flank

n.

late Old English flanc "fleshy part of the side," from Old French flanc, probably from Frankish *hlanca (cf. Old High German (h)lanca, Middle High German lanke "hip joint," German lenken "to bend, turn, lead"), from PIE root *kleng- "to bend, turn" (see link (n.)). The military sense is first attested 1540s, as is the verb. Related: Flanked; flanking.

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flanks in Medicine

flank (flāngk)
n.

  1. The side of the body between the pelvis or hip and the last rib; the side.

  2. The section of flesh in that area.

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