Flank definitions

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Of or having to do with the flank.
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The fleshy side of a person or animal between the ribs and the hip.
noun
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A cut of beef from this part.
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The outer side of the upper part of the human thigh.
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The side of anything.
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The section of flesh on the body of a person or an animal between the last rib and the hip; the side.
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The right or left side of a formation or force, or of the projection of a bastion.
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A cut of meat from the flank of an animal.
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To be located at the side.
verb
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A lateral part or side.

The flank of a mountain.

noun
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To be at the side of.
verb
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To protect or guard the flank of.
verb
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To place at the side, or on either side, of.
verb
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To menace or attack the flank of.
verb
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To be placed or situated at the flank or side of.

Two stone lions flanked the entrance.

verb
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To put (something) on each side of.

Flanked the driveway with tall shrubs.

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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.

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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.

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(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!).
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(military) The extreme left or right edge of a military formation, army etc.
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(anatomy) The flesh between the last rib and the hip; the side.
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The side of something, in general senses.
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The section of flesh on the body of a person or an animal between the last rib and the hip; the side.
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(cooking) A cut of meat from the flank of an animal.
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The outermost strip of a road.
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The right or left side of a military formation.

An attack on both flanks.

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The right or left side of a bastion.
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To protect the side of (a friendly unit)
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To attack the side of (an enemy unit)
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To pass around the side of (an enemy unit)
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(soccer) The wing, one side of the pitch.
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That part of the acting surface of a gear wheel tooth that lies within the pitch line.
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To attack the flank(s) of something.
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To defend the flank(s) of something.
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To place to the side(s) of something.
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To be placed to the side(s) of something (usually in terms of two objects, one on each side.)
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Origin of flank

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.