- The definition of flank is the side section of the human or animal body between the lowest rib and the hip.
An example of the flank is the side of a person, basically a few inches above the waistline.
- To flank is defined as to be on either side of something.
When there is a bookcase on both sides of a fireplace, this is an example of a situation where the bookcases flank the fireplace.
These cat bookends flank these books.
- the fleshy side of a person or animal between the ribs and the hip
- a cut of beef from this part
- loosely the outer side of the upper part of the human thigh
- the side of anything
- Mil. the right or left side of a formation or force, or of the projection of a bastion
Origin of flankMiddle English flanke ; from Old French flanc ; from Frankish an unverified form hlanka, akin to Old High German hlanka, a hip, flank: for Indo-European base see lank
- to be at the side of
- to place at the side, or on either side, of
- to protect the side of (a friendly unit)
- to attack the side of (an enemy unit)
- to pass around the side of (an enemy unit)
- The section of flesh on the body of a person or an animal between the last rib and the hip; the side.
- A cut of meat from the flank of an animal.
- A lateral part or side: the flank of a mountain.
- a. The right or left side of a military formation: an attack on both flanks.b. The right or left side of a bastion.
transitive verbflanked, flank·ing, flanks
- To protect or guard the flank of.
- To menace or attack the flank of.
- To be placed or situated at the flank or side of: Two stone lions flanked the entrance.
- To put (something) on each side of: flanked the driveway with tall shrubs.
Origin of flankMiddle English, from Old English flanc, from Old French flanc, of Germanic origin.
- (nautical) 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!).
- (anatomy) The flesh between the last rib and the hip; the side.
- (cooking) A cut of meat from the flank of an animal.
- (military) The extreme left or right edge of a military formation, army etc.
- The side of something, in general senses.
- The outermost strip of a road.
- (soccer) The wing, one side of the pitch.
- That part of the acting surface of a gear wheel tooth that lies within the pitch line.
(third-person singular simple present flanks, present participle flanking, simple past and past participle flanked)
- To attack the flank(s) of something.
- To defend the flank(s) of something.
- To place to the side(s) of something.
- To be placed to the side(s) of something (usually in terms of two objects, one on each side.)
From Late Middle English flanc, from Old French flanc, of Germanic origin, probably Frankish *hlanca, from Proto-Germanic *hlankaz (“flexible", "to bend”), from Proto-Indo-European *kleng- (“to bend”). Akin to Old High German hlanca (“loin”), Middle High German lanke (“hip joint”) (German lenken (“to bend, turn, lead”)), Old English hlanc (“loose, slender, flaccid, lank”). More at lank.