Definitions of flank

  1. be located at the sides of something or somebody
  2. the side between ribs and hipbone
  3. a cut from the fleshy part of an animal's side between the ribs and the leg
  4. the side of military or naval formation; " they attacked the enemy's right flank"
  5. a subfigure consisting of a side of something
  6. The fleshy or muscular part of the side of an animal, between the ribs and the hip. See Illust. of Beef.
  7. 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.
  8. The side of any building.
  9. That part of the acting surface of a gear wheel tooth that lies within the pitch line.
  10. To stand at the flank or side of; to border upon.
  11. 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.
  12. To border; to touch.
  13. To be posted on the side.
  14. 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.
  15. To attack or turn the flank or side of ( an army); guard on the flank; to border or touch.
  16. Pertaining to, or cut from, the flank.
  17. To border.
  18. The side of an animal from the ribs to the thigh; the side of anything, esp. of an army or fleet.
  19. To attack or pass round the side of.
  20. To be posted on the side; to touch.
  21. Side of the body from the ribs to the hip; side of an army or fleet.
  22. To attack or pass round the side of; be at the side of.
  23. To turn, guard, or threaten the flank ( of).
  24. Pertaining to the flank or side.
  25. The part of an animal's side between the ribs and the hip.
  26. The side of anything, as of an army.
  27. 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.
  28. 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.
  29. 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.
  30. 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.
  31. 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.

Usage examples for flank

  1. So I- I thought of Flank Hall. – The Lion's Share by E. Arnold Bennett
  2. " I am going almost at once to call on my little friend Audrey Moze, at Flank Hall," said Madame Piriac. – The Lion's Share by E. Arnold Bennett
  3. I was thinking just like that when the sudden flank attack started. – Dead World by Jack Douglas
  4. Then the young man drew his sharp sword that by his flank hung great and strong. – Tales of Fantasy and Fact by Brander Matthews
  5. Thence they made their way to the left flank of the Mataafa position next the sea. – The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 17 (of 25) by Robert Louis Stevenson Other: Andrew Lang
  6. Then the broken right wing, supplied with fresh ammunition from the reserve piles, rallied, forced the invaders back, turned their flank, and fell on them from the rear. – The Flag by Homer Greene
  7. To reach it our men had to cross the open and ascend a slope which gave neither dead ground nor cover to front or flank. – The Old Front Line by John Masefield
  8. About forty miles from New York you enter upon the Highlands, as a series of mountains which then flank the river on both sides, are called. – Domestic Manners of the Americans by Fanny Trollope
  9. Hanging on to the flank and at times almost ahead of Porter, they were enabled to keep McNeil well posted as to the movements of his foes. – The Courier of the Ozarks by Byron A. Dunn
  10. The lad remained in a state of suspense which was intensified by his fears of a flank movement upon the part of the Apache whom he had seen but a short time before. – Through Apache Lands by R. H. Jayne
  11. Outside a twinkling clump of cavalry was drawn up on each flank, and in front a thin, scattered line of mounted infantry was already slowly advancing over the bush- strewn plain, halting on every eminence, and peering warily round as men might who have to pick their steps among the bones of those who have preceded them. – The Green Flag by Arthur Conan Doyle
  12. The natives on our right flank now passed forward, which would bring them in our rear. – Ismailia by Samuel W. Baker
  13. The Hittite King had waited till he saw the first brigade busy pitching camp, and then, as the second came straggling up, he had launched his chariots upon the flank of the weary soldiers, who were swept away in a moment as if by a flood. – Peeps at Many Lands: Ancient Egypt by James Baikie
  14. Late in the afternoon a sudden and furious attack was made upon them from the rear, Beric having taken a strong force round their flank. – Beric the Briton A Story of the Roman Invasion by G. A. Henty
  15. Those on the right flank had trouble in crossing the ground. – From Bapaume to Passchendaele, 1917 by Philip Gibbs
  16. That sangar was, as far as we could judge, on the right flank of the enemy's line. – With Kelly to Chitral by William George Laurence Beynon
  17. " See, there's the sign of it," and he pointed to the flank of one of the small horses, or ponies, hitched to his wagon. – The Curlytops at Uncle Frank's Ranch by Howard R. Garis
  18. I could not get a fair shot at him- and see, I have hit him here in the flank. – The Children of the New Forest by Captain Marryat
  19. Just where an angle in the western edge presented a flank of wall toward the north, Willis and his gang had cut away the earth into a shelf some three feet beneath the top. – Who Goes There? by Blackwood Ketcham Benson