A flank is the side of something, whether of beef or a military formation.

Although flank is specifically used to talk about a cut of meat, or the right or left side of a military formation, we also use it in those same senses for other objects. If you’ve put on weight, it’s probably not just your tummy sticking out a bit more, but the lovehandles on your flanks. If you see someone walking down the street with bodyguards on either side, she’s flanked by guards.

Definitions of flank
  1. noun

    the side between ribs and hipbone

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    body part

    any part of an organism such as an organ or extremity

  2. noun

    a cut from the fleshy part of an animal’s side between the ribs and the leg

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    cut of beef

    cut of meat from beef cattle

  3. noun

    the side of military or naval formation

    “they attacked the enemy’s right
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    an arrangement of people or things acting as a unit

  4. noun

    a subfigure consisting of a side of something

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    the side of a right triangle opposite the right angle

    the bottom side of a geometric figure from which the altitude can be constructed
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    a figure that is a part of another figure

  5. verb

    be located at the sides of something or somebody

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    be located or situated somewhere; occupy a certain position

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