Flank company

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Flank company (Mil) a certain number of troops drawn up on the right or left of a battalion; usually grenadiers, light infantry, or riflemen.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Flank company the company on the right or left when a battalion is in line
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. flanc, perh. L. flaccus, flabby.

Usage

In literature:

In close column, the color guard is on the flank of the color company.
"Manual of Military Training" by James A. Moss
Some few days later we took part in the Arleux fighting; my company, "D," formed the flank.
"Over the top with the 25th" by R. Lewis
The great grey wave overlapped A Company for a considerable distance on either flank.
"With Haig on the Somme" by D. H. Parry
Our three companies of Rangers, under Rogers, formed the advanced guard, and threw out flanking parties to scour the woods near by.
"Ben Comee" by M. J. (Michael Joseph) Canavan
This little company set out, preceded by the guide, who, flanked by the two sailors, marched a little in advance of De Chemerant.
"A Romance of the West Indies" by Eugène Sue
C Company on this right flank was in danger.
"With Manchesters in the East" by Gerald B. Hurst
The flank companies of the 9th Regiment, and the Black Corps under Captain Malcolm, were the troops engaged.
"The History of the First West India Regiment" by A. B. Ellis
They gathered round the President, ran ahead, hovered upon the flanks of the little company, and hung like a dark cloud upon the rear.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 15, No. 92, June, 1865" by Various
The two flank companies to which I belonged led the column.
"Memoirs of the Extraordinary Military Career of John Shipp" by John Shipp
Each company of foot was flanked by a body of soldiers, carrying heavy muskets with rests attached to them.
"History of the Reign of Philip the Second, King of Spain." by William H. Prescott
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In news:

A Colorado mining company has dropped plans to develop a copper and gold mine on the flanks of Mount St Helens after federal officials yesterday rejected its mine lease application.
Sharon Flank is founder and CEO of InfraTrac, a product verification company.
SILHOUETTE The Flatiron Building, its leading edge flanked by longtime neighbors, keeps company these days with One Madison Park, far left, a contemporary if trouble-plagued new residential tower.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg (center) is flanked by employees as he rings the Nasdaq's opening bell from Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif, on the company's first day of trading on May 18, 2012.
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