Definitions of flank

  1. To border; to touch; to be posted on the side. Flank files, the first two men on the right and the last two men on the left Flank company, a certain number of men drawn up on the right or left of a battalion. Flank en potence, any part of the right or left wing, formed at a right angle with the line. Flank fichant, the flank from which the cannon, when playing, fires directly on the opposite bastion. Flank razant, the point from which the line of defence commences.
  2. To turn, guard, or threaten the flank ( of).
  3. To stand at the flank or side of; to border upon.
  4. 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.
  5. To attack or turn the flank or side of ( an army); guard on the flank; to border or touch.
  6. To border.
  7. To attack or pass round the side of.
  8. To attack or pass round the side of; be at the side of.
  9. To border; to touch.
  10. To be posted on the side.
  11. To be posted on the side; to touch.
  12. To command the flank of; to attack the side or flank of; to post troops so as to attack the flank; to secnro or guard on the flank.
  13. To attack the side or flank of an army; to pass round the side or flank; to border; to touch; to be posted on the side.
  14. the side between ribs and hipbone
  15. a cut from the fleshy part of an animal's side between the ribs and the leg
  16. a subfigure consisting of a side of something
  17. The fleshy or muscular part of the side of an animal, between the ribs and the hip. See Illust. of Beef.
  18. 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.
  19. The side of any building.
  20. That part of the acting surface of a gear wheel tooth that lies within the pitch line.
  21. The fleshy part of an animal between the ribs and hip; the side of an army, regiment, or building; that part of a fortification constructed to defend another.
  22. The side of an animal from the ribs to the thigh; the side of anything, esp. of an army or fleet.
  23. Side of the body from the ribs to the hip; side of an army or fleet.
  24. The part of an animal's side between the ribs and the hip.
  25. The side of anything, as of an army.
  26. The fleshy part of the side of an animal between the ribs and the hip; the side of an army or body of troops; that part of a bastion which reaches from the curtain to the face; the side of any building.
  27. The fleshy or muscular part of an animal situated between the ribs and the hip; the side of anything, as of an army; the extreme right or left of a military position; the part of a work placed to defend another.
  28. Pertaining to, or cut from, the flank.
  29. Pertaining to the flank or side.
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