• (British, America) IPA: /flændʒ/

flange (plural flanges)

  1. An external or internal rib or rim, used either to add strength or to hold something in place.
  2. The projecting edge of a rigid or semi-rigid component.
  3. (RPG) An ability in a role-playing game which is not commonly available, overpowered or arbitrarily imposed by the referees.
    • 1998: Mr MI Pennington, Can the Players be Trusted? on rec.games.frp.live-action [The] enduring problem with the Gathering is that [players] can't affect anything that happens ... whatever they do, the LT just flange it back to the original plot line.
    • 2007: balor, Changing the metaphysics on Rule 7 [https://web.archive.org/web/20071014193135/http://forums.rule7.co.uk/Topic28357-44-2.aspx] 'Oh look, the amulet of flange has been activated, this means all Paladins now only have one heal per day instead of two.'
  4. (vulgar slang) A vulva.
    • 2001: tedfat, Flange!!!! in alt.society.nottingham
      I was in bed the other day with the missus and I asked to see her flange. Imagine my surprise when she got up went downstairs to my toolbox and brought me up a metal looking object called a flange!!!!! Needless to say when she asked to see my nuts the next time I obliged by doing exactly the same as her.
    • 2003: Ray Gordon, Hot Sheets
      'God, she's got a tight flange!' the plumber gasped, splaying the girl's buttocks and focusing on her O-ring.
  5. (rare, humorous) The collective noun for a group of baboons.
    • 1980s (first use), Rowan Atkinson - Not the Nine O'clock News
    • 2006, Rick Crosier - Getting Away with Murder ↗
      (I suspect they hired a flange of baboons to mind the house.)
  6. The electronic sound distortion produced by a flanger.
Synonyms Translations Translations Verb

flange (flanges, present participle flanging; past and past participle flanged)

  1. (intransitive) To be bent into a flange.
  2. (transitive) To make a flange on; to furnish with a flange.
  3. (transitive, sound engineering) To mix two copies of together, one delayed by a very short, slowly varying time.

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