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
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.
- 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.
- The change in virtual length by removal of the flange was thus found, and the open end correction for the unflanged pipe was o 6 R.
- From the lower flange of a suspended !; runway, made of a single I section, run wheels, from the axles of which the transporter is suspended.
- Broad, having at the inner side an upright ledge or flange, 3 in.
- Subsequently, to increase the strength, a similar flange was added below the rail.
- At one end of each rail the flange spread out to form a foot which rested on a cross sleeper, being secured to the latter by a spike passing through a central hole, and above this foot the rail was so shaped as to form a socket into which was fitted the end of the next rail.