AskDefine | Define flank

Dictionary Definition



1 the side of military or naval formation; "they attacked the enemy's right flank" [syn: wing]
2 a subfigure consisting of a side of something
3 a cut from the fleshy part of an animal's side between the ribs and the leg
4 the side between ribs and hipbone v : be located at the sides of something or somebody

User Contributed Dictionary



From Late flanc, from flanc, from a source, probably Frankish *hlanca


  • /flæŋk/ /fl

Extensive Definition

Flank may refer to:
flank in Dutch: Flank

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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