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FLANK, n. [Eng. flag. Gr. probably connected with lank, and so called from its laxity, or from breadth.]

1. The fleshy or muscular part of the side of an animal, between the ribs and the hip. Hence,

2. The side of an army, or of any division of an army, as of a brigade, regiment or battalion. To attack an enemy in flank, is to attack them on the side.

3. In fortification, that part of a bastion which reaches from the curtain to the face, and defends the opposite face, the flank and the curtain; or it is a line drawn from the extremity of the face towards the inside of the work.

FLANK, v.t.

1. To attack the side or flank of an army or body of troops; or to place troops so as to command or attack the flank.

2. To post so as to overlook or command on the side; as, to flank a passage.

3. To secure or guard on the side; as flanked with rocks.

FLANK, v.i.

1. To border; to touch.

2. To be posted on the side.



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FLANK, n. [Eng. flag. Gr. probably connected with lank, and so called from its laxity, or from breadth.]

1. The fleshy or muscular part of the side of an animal, between the ribs and the hip. Hence,

2. The side of an army, or of any division of an army, as of a brigade, regiment or battalion. To attack an enemy in flank, is to attack them on the side.

3. In fortification, that part of a bastion which reaches from the curtain to the face, and defends the opposite face, the flank and the curtain; or it is a line drawn from the extremity of the face towards the inside of the work.

FLANK, v.t.

1. To attack the side or flank of an army or body of troops; or to place troops so as to command or attack the flank.

2. To post so as to overlook or command on the side; as, to flank a passage.

3. To secure or guard on the side; as flanked with rocks.

FLANK, v.i.

1. To border; to touch.

2. To be posted on the side.

FLANK, n. [Fr. flanc; Sp. and Port. flanco; It. fianco; G. flanke; Sw. and Dan. flank; Gr. λαγων; probably connected with lank, W. llac, Eng. flag, Gr. λαγαρος, and so called from its laxity, or from breadth.]

  1. The fleshy or muscular part of the side of an animal, between the ribs and the hip. Hence,
  2. The side of an army, or of any division of an army, as of a brigade, regiment, or battalion. To attack an enemy in flank, is to attack them on the side.
  3. In fortification, that part of a bastion which reaches from the curtain to the face, and defends the opposite face, the flank and the curtain; or it is a line drawn from the extremity of the face toward the inside of the work. Harris. Encyc.

FLANK, v.i.

  1. To border; to touch. Butler.
  2. To be posted on the side.

FLANK, v.t. [Fr. flanquer. Sp. flanquear.]

  1. To attack the side or flank of an army or body of troops; or to place troops so as to command or attack the flank.
  2. To post so as to overlook or command on the side; as, to flank a passage. Dryden.
  3. To secure or guard on the side; as, flanked with rocks. Dryden.
  4. To turn the flank; to pass round the side.

Flank
  1. The fleshy or muscular part of the side of an animal, between the ribs and the hip. See Illust. of Beef.
  2. To stand at the flank or side of] to border upon.

    Stately colonnades are flanked with trees. Pitt.

  3. To border; to touch.

    Bp. Butler.
  4. 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.

    When to right and left the front Divided, and to either flank retired. Milton.

    (b) (Fort.)

  5. 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.
  6. To be posted on the side.
  7. The side of any building.

    Brands.
  8. That part of the acting surface of a gear wheel tooth that lies within the pitch line.

    Flank attack (Mil.), an attack upon the side of an army or body of troops, distinguished from one upon its front or rear. -- Flank company (Mil.), a certain number of troops drawn up on the right or left of a battalion; usually grenadiers, light infantry, or riflemen. -- Flank defense (Fort.), protection of a work against undue exposure to an enemy's direct fire, by means of the fire from other works, sweeping the ground in its front. -- Flank en potence (Mil.), any part of the right or left wing formed at a projecting angle with the line. -- Flank files, the first men on the right, and the last on the left, of a company, battalion, etc. -- Flank march, a march made parallel or obliquely to an enemy's position, in order to turn it or to attack him on the flank. -- Flank movement, a change of march by an army, or portion of one, in order to turn one or both wings of the enemy, or to take up a new position. -- Flanks of a frontier, salient points in a national boundary, strengthened to protect the frontier against hostile incursion. -- Flank patrol, detachments acting independently of the column of an army, but patrolling along its flanks, to secure it against surprise and to observe the movements of the enemy.

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Flank

FLANK, noun [Eng. flag. Gr. probably connected with lank, and so called from its laxity, or from breadth.]

1. The fleshy or muscular part of the side of an animal, between the ribs and the hip. Hence,

2. The side of an army, or of any division of an army, as of a brigade, regiment or battalion. To attack an enemy in flank is to attack them on the side.

3. In fortification, that part of a bastion which reaches from the curtain to the face, and defends the opposite face, the flank and the curtain; or it is a line drawn from the extremity of the face towards the inside of the work.

FLANK, verb transitive

1. To attack the side or flank of an army or body of troops; or to place troops so as to command or attack the flank

2. To post so as to overlook or command on the side; as, to flank a passage.

3. To secure or guard on the side; as flanked with rocks.

FLANK, verb intransitive

1. To border; to touch.

2. To be posted on the side.

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