An example of a flange is the piece around the edge of a car ignition that supports the keyhole and keeps it from slipping down a hole into the steering column.
Origin of flangefrom uncertain or unknown; perhaps Middle English flaunch, a lenticular space on a coat of arms from Old French flanche, side, variant, variety of flanc: see flank
- A protruding rim, edge, rib, or collar, as on a wheel or a pipe shaft, used to strengthen an object, hold it in place, or attach it to another object.
- A wide edge on a pillow, placemat, or other fabric object, especially a piece of fabric or ribbon extending from the outer seam.
Origin of flangePossibly variant of flanch device at the side of an escutcheon perhaps from French flanche feminine of flanc side ; see flank .
- An external or internal rib or rim, used either to add strength or to hold something in place.
- The projecting edge of a rigid or semi-rigid component.
- (gaming) An ability in a role-playing game which is not commonly available, overpowered or arbitrarily imposed by the referees.
- (vulgar slang) A vulva.
- (rare, humorous) The collective noun for a group of baboons.
(third-person singular simple present flanges, present participle flanging, simple past and past participle flanged)
- (intransitive) To be bent into a flange.
- To make a flange on; to furnish with a flange.