• WordNet 3.6
    • n flanker a soldier who is a member of a detachment assigned to guard the flanks of a military formation
    • n flanker a back stationed wide of the scrimmage line; used as a pass receiver
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Flanker One who, or that which, flanks, as a skirmisher or a body of troops sent out upon the flanks of an army toguard a line of march, or a fort projecting so as to command the side of an assailing body. "They threw out flankers , and endeavored to dislodge their assailants."
    • Flanker To attack sideways.
    • Flanker To defend by lateral fortifications.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n flanker One who or that which flanks, as a skirmisher or body of troops employed on the flank of an army to reconnoiter or guard a line of march, or a fortification projecting so as to command the side of an assailing body.
    • n flanker A side piece or flanked piece of timber.
    • flanker To defend by flankers or lateral fortifications.
    • flanker To attack sidewise or by the flank.
    • flanker To come on sidewise.
    • n flanker A spark of fire.
    • flanker To sparkle; flicker.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Flanker a fortification which commands the flank of an assailing force
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
See Flank (v. t.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. flanc, perh. L. flaccus, flabby.


In literature:

At a word of command from Oracus the others deployed as flankers and guards.
"The Witch of Salem" by John R. Musick
On either side were flankers to detect the enemy.
"Ben Comee" by M. J. (Michael Joseph) Canavan
Now they've thrown out flankers, and they're galloping their ponies to the attack.
"The Great Sioux Trail" by Joseph Altsheler
The infantry remained in fours, with no flankers out, and still only eight men were in front as an advance guard.
"History of the War in South Africa 1899-1902 v. 1 (of 4)" by Frederick Maurice
In general, the ordinary point of the advance guard and flankers will suffice.
"Cavalry in Future Wars" by Frederick von Bernhardi
Here the flankers joined the main body, and together noted the approach of the Americans, who had dogged them.
"The Siege of Boston" by Allen French
The whole army marches surrounded by "advance and rear guards," and "flankers," to prevent surprise.
"War from the Inside" by Frederick L. (Frederick Lyman) Hitchcock
Flankers were thrown out in both directions.
"Personal Recollections of a Cavalryman" by J. H. (James Harvey) Kidd
He moved rapidly on without scouts and without flankers.
"The Land of the Miamis" by Elmore Barce
Here the head of the column halted, and the flankers drew in near the road.
"In The Ranks" by R. E. McBride

In poetry:

And "Banker for choice" is the cry, and one voice
Screams "Six to four once upon Banker;"
"Banker wins," "Banker's beat," "Cadger wins," "A dead heat" —
Ah! there goes Fred's whalebone a flanker.
"Hippodromania; Or, Whiffs From The Pipe" by Adam Lindsay Gordon

In news:

The Saracens flanker marked his 50th cap in style by assuming the captaincy as Scotland faced the world's best side.
Miami Offensive Coordinator Jedd Fisch shows off a play from Bill Walsh's offense with the Flanker Drive.
In February 2001, Flight Journal had a real change-of-pace article, in which Jay Miller took us inside the Sukhoi Su-35 Super Flanker , explaining the strong and weak points of Russia's most modern fighter.
T he Sooner flanker did not make first-team All-Big 12 RECOUNT.
Clermont flanker Julien Bonnaire prepares to catch the ball in their European Cup match against Leinster rugby in Clermont-Ferrand, France, on Sunday.
The windows are designed to be used alone or in combination with flanker assemblies.
Everything from seasonal flankers to rocker-inspired EDTs are heating up the Spring/Summer fragrance season.
Rugby- Wales flanker Lydiate to ditch Dragons.