• WordNet 3.6
    • v flank be located at the sides of something or somebody
    • n flank the side between ribs and hipbone
    • n flank a cut from the fleshy part of an animal's side between the ribs and the leg
    • n flank the side of military or naval formation "they attacked the enemy's right flank"
    • n flank a subfigure consisting of a side of something
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Flank (Mil) That part of a bastion which reaches from the curtain to the face, and defends the curtain, the flank and face of the opposite bastion; any part of a work defending another by a fire along the outside of its parapet.
    • Flank That part of the acting surface of a gear wheel tooth that lies within the pitch line.
    • Flank The fleshy or muscular part of the side of an animal, between the ribs and the hip. See Illust. of Beef.
    • Flank (Mil) The side of an army, or of any division of an army, as of a brigade, regiment, or battalion; the extreme right or left; as, to attack an enemy in flank is to attack him on the side.
    • Flank (Arch) The side of any building.
    • Flank To be posted on the side.
    • Flank To border; to touch.
    • Flank To overlook or command the flank of; to secure or guard the flank of; to pass around or turn the flank of; to attack, or threaten to attack; the flank of.
    • Flank To stand at the flank or side of; to border upon. "Stately colonnades are flanked with trees."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n flank The posterior part of either side of an animal, between the ribs and the hip; also, the thin piece of flesh constituting this part.
    • n flank In entomology, the pleura or side of an insect's thorax.
    • n flank Milit., one of the sides of an army, or of any of its divisions, as a brigade, regiment, or battalion: as, to attack the enemy on the right flank.
    • n flank Hence A side of anything: as, the flanks of a building.
    • n flank In fortification, that part of a bastion which reaches from the curtain to the face, or any part of a work that defends another work by a fire along the outside of its parapet. See cut under bastion.
    • n flank The acting surface of a cog inside the pitch-line.
    • n flank plural In farriery, a wrench or any other injury to the back of a horse.
    • n flank In leather manufacturing, the part of a hide from the side of a beast.
    • flank Pertaining to a flank or side. Forming a part of, or cut from, the flank: as, a flank piece of meat.
    • flank To stand or be placed or posted at the flank or side of; border at the side or sides: as, the flanking troops of an army.
    • flank Specifically Milit.: To attack or threaten the side or flank of; place troops so as to command, threaten, or attack the flank of.
    • flank To pass round or turn the flank of; march or move along or past one side of, as an opposing army.
    • flank To secure or guard the flank of: as, they flanked their position with abattis.
    • flank To occupy a flank position; border; touch: with on.
    • n flank A spark or flake of fire.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Flank flangk the side of an animal from the ribs to the thigh: the side or wing of anything, esp. of an army or fleet: a body of soldiers on the right and left extremities
    • v.t Flank to attack or pass round the side of: to protect the flanks of one's own army by detached bodies of troops, or field-works, or to threaten those of the enemy by directing troops against them
    • v.i Flank to be posted on the side: to touch
    • v.t Flank (obs.) to defend by flankers: to attack sideways
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  • Dean Rusk
    Dean Rusk
    “We have tried to make it clear that the United States is not just an old cow that gives more milk the more it is kicked in the flanks.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. flanc, prob. fr. L. flaccus, flabby, with n inserted. Cf. Flaccid Flanch Flange


In literature:

I company's flanking patrol came right up to the edge of the woods without seeing us.
"At Plattsburg" by Allen French
The Turk occupied a position flanking Persia and a position flanking Egypt.
"World's War Events, Vol. I" by Various
He was a tall warrior with lean flanks and powerful muscles, and he did not yet expect anything but victory.
"The Riflemen of the Ohio" by Joseph A. Altsheler
In fortification, the face of a work receiving flank defence, together with its prolongation to the flanking work.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
The rocky flank of Star Peak bordered the marsh here.
"The Flaming Jewel" by Robert W. Chambers
By a rapid flank movement an army of 10,000 Persians was detached and brought to surrender.
"A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year" by Edwin Emerson
Napoleon's plan was to send Davout around the Russian left flank, while Saint-Hilaire engaged Tolstoi.
"The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte" by William Milligan Sloane
Two grassy pinnacles, nearly equal in height, flanked Intintanyoni.
"History of the War in South Africa 1899-1902 v. 1 (of 4)" by Frederick Maurice
The offensive naturally seeks to flank its adversary.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume I (of 8)" by Various
The latter may equally be used for a flank attack or, under a change of circumstances, form the Reserve.
"Cavalry in Future Wars" by Frederick von Bernhardi

In poetry:

Woe, woe on Annie's India mull,
And Sissy's blue percale!
One got that pup's belathered flanks,
And one his soapy tail!
"The Ballad Of The Taylor Pup" by Eugene Field
Thy granite flanks upon the gift
Closed with a mighty fluttering,
Then first within thee rose the swift
Pulsation of a living thing.
"The Sphinx" by George Sylvester Viereck
When the rushing deluge raging
Flung its flanks, and shook the staging,
Priesthood, cowering from the brim,
Chanted thus its faltering hymn.
"Lita of the Nile" by Richard Doddridge Blackmore
A friendless warfare! lingering long
Through weary day and weary year.
A wild and many-weaponed throng
Hang on thy front, and flank, and rear.
"The Battle-Field" by William Cullen Bryant
Thy sweet low bosom, thy close hair,
Thy strait soft flanks and slenderer feet,
Thy virginal strange air,
Are these not over fair
For Love to greet?
"Fragoletta" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
Loud shouts the van, the charging shout
Is borne along the distant flanks;
The tones of savage joy ring out,
From all their thousand boasting ranks.
"On Buena Vista's Field" by Henry Pelham Holmes Bromwell

In news:

The flanks of Cobble Hill Park typify the area: small row houses on Verandah Place, near left, and town houses along Congress Street.
Conditions at Lexington, Blue Grass Airport, KY. Saying he could better ways to spend his money, UK quarterback Morgan Newton, flanked by his younger brothers, delivered shower sandals on Friday to needy men at Lexington's Hope Center.
We're beefing up our flanks.
Tyler Pagenstecher, center, is flanked by his mother and his attorney in Ohio juvenile court.
Dan Lungren, R- Calif, speaks to supporters at a party at Zinfandel Grille in Gold River, Calif on election night flanked by his wife Bobbi Lungren, daughter Kathleen Lungren and her husband Jobe Ousman on Tuesday, November 6, 2012.
US President Barack Obama flanked by First Lady Michelle Obama (L) and Vice-President Joe Biden and Second Lady Jill Biden wave to supporters following Obama's speech on election night November 6, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois.
Republican Party's right flank, which dismissed the proposal as giving too much ground to.
"A Chance to Dance's" William Trevitt and Michael Nunn flank honoree Shirley MacLaine.
Other speakers flank him on both sides.
Flanked by her colleagues in the Legislature, Sen Cathy Giessel gestures while speaking to the crowd during a town hall meeting held Saturday, March 17, in Eagle River.
Washington State Ferries and foot ferry operators recently agreed to keep it in the same spot, on Colman's south flank.
Wali-ur-Rehman (C), deputy Pakistani Taliban leader, who is flanked by militants speaks to a group of reporters in Shawal town, that lies be.
Bittersweet was the word of the hour when the " Entourage " cast, flanked by their production masters, appeared at the Summer TV Tour to salute the series' final season on HBO.
Photos of him with the store owner and other Bike Mart riders flank the service counter.
Gary Jabara, founder of Mobilitie, holds his National Entrepreneur of the Year award, flanked by Clark Davis of HOK, Karole Lloyd, vice chair at Ernst & Young, and Bryan Pearce, director of the competition in the Americas.

In science:

The area surveyed is 400 times that of the HDF, and 40 times that of the HDF Flanking Fields.
QSOs and Absorption Line Systems Surrounding the Hubble Deep Field
These areas, including the Flanking Fields for a total of ∼ 50 sq. arcmin, have been observed by ISOCAM (P.I. M.
High-Redshift Galaxies: The Far-Infrared and Sub-Millimeter View
We have made reasonably large maps of the Hubble Deep Field Flanking Fields and part of the Groth Strip (see the contribution by Borys et al.) in order to find the brightest SCUBA sources in those well-studied regions.
Known and unknown SCUBA sources
In addition, extensive efforts were made to obtain spectroscopic and photometric redshifts of sources in the field (including the adjacent Hubble Flanking Fields – HFF). A pictorial summary of a limited subset of these multi-wavelength follow-up observations is shown in Fig 2.
Deep Fields: The Faint sub-mJy and microJy Radio Sky - A VLBI Perspective
Three scores were distinguished: no moult, body moult (feathers along side and flanks), moult of wing feathers.
Post-hatching parental care behaviour and hormonal status in a precocial bird