- the side of a person's or animal's body between the ribs and the hip；a cut of meat from the flank of an animal
- be on each or on one side of；guard or strengthen (a military force or position) from the side
noun: flank, plural noun: flanks
- 1. the side of a person's or animal's body between the ribs and the hip:
leaning against his horse's flanks
- 2. a cut of meat from the flank of an animal:
a thick flank of beef
- 3. the side of a large object or structure:
the northern flank of the Rockies
- 4. the right or left side of a body of people such as an army, a naval force, or a soccer team:
the left flank of the Russian Third Army
- 5. the right or left side of a gaming area such as a chessboard.
- 6. another term for wing forward
- 1. be on each or on one side of:
the three defendants stood in the dock, flanked by police officers
cherry-red sofas flanked the enormous fireplace
- 2. guard or strengthen (a military force or position) from the side:
the southern gate of the fortress is flanked by towers
massive walls, defended by four flanking towers
- 3. attack down or from the sides, or rake with gunfire from the sides:
the ship went straight through the enemy fleet and flanked them
a flanking attack from the north-east
at the side
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- n.the side of a person's or animal's body between the ribs and the hip:
- leaning against his horse's flanks
- v.be on each or on one side of:
- the fireplace is flanked by built-in bookshelves
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