Pronunciation Verb

flank (flanks, present participle flanking; past and past participle flanked)

  1. (transitive) To attack the flank(s) of.
  2. (transitive) To defend the flank(s) of.
  3. (transitive) To place to the side(s) of.
    • Stately colonnades are flanked with trees.
  4. (intransitive) To be placed to the side(s) of something (usually in terms of two objects, one on each side).
  • German: in der Flanke angreifen
  • Italian: aggirare il fianco
  • Portuguese: flanquear
  • Italian: proteggere il fianco
  • Portuguese: flanquear
Translations Translations Noun

flank (plural flanks)

  1. (anatomy) The flesh between the last rib and the hip; the side.
  2. (cooking) A cut of meat from the flank of an animal.
  3. (military) The extreme left or right edge of a military formation, army etc.
  4. (military) The sides of a bastion perpendicular to the wall from which the bastion projects.
  5. The side of something, in general senses.
    • 1918, Edgar Rice Burroughs, The Land That Time Forgot Chapter VIII
      Cautiously I approached the flank of the cliffs, where they terminated in an abrupt escarpment as though some all powerful hand had broken off a great section of rock and set it upon the surface of the earth.
  6. The outermost strip of a road.
  7. (soccer) The wing, one side of the pitch.
  8. That part of the acting surface of a gear wheel tooth that lies within the pitch line.
  • (all senses) side
  • (side of formation) wing
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flank (not comparable)

  1. (US, nautical, of speed) Maximum. 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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