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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [flangk]
    • /flæŋk/
    • /flæŋk/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [flangk]
    • /flæŋk/

Definitions of flank word

  • noun flank the side of an animal or a person between the ribs and hip. 1
  • noun flank the thin piece of flesh constituting this part. 1
  • noun flank a slice of meat from the flank of an animal. 1
  • noun flank the side of anything, as of a building. 1
  • noun flank Military, Navy. the extreme right or left side of an army or fleet, or a subdivision of an army or fleet. 1
  • noun flank Fortification. the right or left side of a work or fortification. the part of a bastion that extends from the curtain to the face and protects the curtain and the opposite face. 1

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Origin of flank

First appearance:

before 1100
One of the 6% oldest English words
before 1100; Middle English; late Old English flanc < Old French < Frankish; compare Old High German hlanca loin

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Parts of speech for Flank


flank popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 87% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

flank usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for flank

noun flank

  • hip — hypochondria.
  • ham — the second son of Noah, Gen. 10:1.
  • thigh — the part of the lower limb in humans between the hip and the knee.
  • hand — Learned [lur-nid] /ˈlɜr nɪd/ (Show IPA), 1872–1961, U.S. jurist.
  • quarter — crumb

verb flank

  • line — a thickness of glue, as between two veneers in a sheet of plywood.
  • skirt — the part of a gown, dress, slip, or coat that extends downward from the waist.
  • fringe — a decorative border of thread, cord, or the like, usually hanging loosely from a raveled edge or separate strip.

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