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flank


  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Flank  \Flank\  (fl[a^][ng]k),  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Flanked} 
  (fl[a^][ng]kt);  p.  pr  &  vb  n.  {Flanking}.]  [Cf.  F. 
  flanquer  See  {Flank},  n.,  and  cf  {Flanker},  v.  t.] 
  1.  To  stand  at  the  flank  or  side  of  to  border  upon 
 
  Stately  colonnades  are  flanked  with  trees.  --Pitt. 
 
  2.  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 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Flank  \Flank\  (fl[a^][ng]k),  n.  [F.  flanc,  prob.  fr  L.  flaccus 
  flabby,  with  n  inserted.  Cf  {Flaccid},  {Flanch},  {Flange}.] 
  1.  The  fleshy  or  muscular  part  of  the  side  of  an  animal, 
  between  the  ribs  and  the  hip.  See  Illust.  of  {Beef}. 
 
  2.  (Mil.) 
  a  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.)  That  part  of  a  bastion  which  reaches  from  the 
  curtain  to  the  face,  and  defends  the  curtain,  the 
  flank  and  face  of  the  opposite  bastion;  any  part  of  a 
  work  defending  another  by  a  fire  along  the  outside  of 
  its  parapet.  See  Illust.  of  {Bastion}. 
 
  3.  (Arch.)  The  side  of  any  building.  --Brands. 
 
  4.  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. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Flank  \Flank\,  v.  i. 
  1.  To  border;  to  touch.  --Bp.  Butler. 
 
  2.  To  be  posted  on  the  side 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  flank 
  n  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 




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