- The flesh between the last rib and the hip; the side.
- A cut of meat from the flank of an animal.
- The side of a military formation.
- A side of something.
- The outermost strip of a road.
- (transitive) To attack the flank(s) of something.
- (transitive) To defend the flank(s) of something.
- (transitive) To place to the side(s) of something.
- To be placed to the side(s) of something (usually in terms of two objects, one on each side.)
Etymology: From Late Anglo-Saxon flanc, from Old French flanc, from a Germanic source, probably Frankish
- Nautical: Maximum (of speed). Historically faster than full speed (the most a vessel can sustain without excessive engine wear or risk of damage), now frequently used interchangeably. Typically used in an emergency or during an attack (All ahead flank!).
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