Flank - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |flæŋk|  American pronunciation of the word flank
Brit.  |flaŋk|  British pronunciation of the word flank


- the side of military or naval formation(syn: wing)
- a subfigure consisting of a side of something
- a cut from the fleshy part of an animal's side between the ribs and the leg
- the side between ribs and hipbone


- be located at the sides of something or somebody


She gently patted the horse's flank.

They attacked the enemy on both flanks.

the eastern flank of a volcano

...the tackles flank the center on a football team's offensive line...

High mountains flanked us on either side.

The second division flanks on the main body of soldiers.

We were attacked on our left flank.

Lewis entered flanked by two bodyguards.

they attacked the enemy's right flank

...a couplet of statues flank the entrance to the church...

The battalion will have to wheel to the flank.

the disorganization of the enemy troops by a flank attack

our fusillade from the left flank caught them by surprise

Word forms

I/you/we/they: flank
he/she/it: flanks
present participle: flanking
past tense: flanked
past participle: flanked
singular: flank
plural: flanks
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