the side of an animal or a person between the ribs and hip.
the thin piece of flesh constituting this part.
a slice of meat from the flank of an animal.
the side of anything, as of a building.
Military, Navy. the extreme right or left side of an army or fleet, or a subdivision of an army or fleet.
Machinery. (on a screw thread or the like) either of the two vertical inclined surfaces between the crest and the root.
verb (used with object)
to stand or be placed or posted at the flank or side of.
to defend or guard at the flank.
Military. to menace or attack the flank of.
to pass around or turn the flank of.
verb (used without object)
to occupy a position at the flank or side.
to present the flank or side.
the side of a man or animal between the ribs and the hip
(loosely) the outer part of the human thigh
a cut of beef from the flank
the side of anything, such as a mountain or building
the side of a naval or military formation
when intr, often foll by on or upon. to be located at the side of (an object, building, etc)
(military) to position or guard on or beside the flank of (a formation, etc)
(military) to move past or go round (a flank)
late Old English flanc “fleshy part of the side,” from Old French flanc, probably from Frankish *hlanca (cf. Old High German (h)lanca, Middle High German lanke “hip joint,” German lenken “to bend, turn, lead”), from PIE root *kleng- “to bend, turn” (see link (n.)). The military sense is first attested 1540s, as is the verb. Related: Flanked; flanking.
[flangk] /flæŋk/ noun 1. the side of an animal or a person between the ribs and hip. 2. the thin piece of flesh constituting this part. 3. a slice of meat from the flank of an animal. 4. the side of anything, as of a building. 5. Military, Navy. the extreme right or left side […]
[flahng-kuh n] /ˈflɑŋ kən/ noun 1. a strip of meat from the front end of the short ribs of beef. 2. Jewish Cookery. a dish of this meat boiled and often served with horseradish or a horseradish-flavored sauce.
[flang-ker] /ˈflæŋ kər/ noun 1. a person or thing that flanks. 2. Military. one of a body of soldiers placed on the flank of an army to guard a line of march. 3. Fortification. a fortification projecting so as to defend another work or to command the flank of an assailing body. 4. Football. /ˈflæŋkə/ […]
- Flank position
flank position n. A lateral recumbent position in which the lower leg is flexed and the upper leg is extended, with convex extension of the upper side of the body, used for nephrectomy.