Flanches are always in pairs. A pair of flanches is considered one of the subordinaries.
(Flanched) a. (Her.) Having flanches; said of an escutcheon with those bearings.
(Flan`co*nade") n. [F.] (Fencing) A thrust in the side.
(||Fla`neur") n. [F., fr. flâner to stroll.] One who strolls about aimlessly; a lounger; a loafer.
(Flang) n. A miner's two- pointed pick.
(Flange) n. [Prov. E. flange to project, flanch a projection. See Flanch, Flank.]
1. An external or internal rib, or rim, for strength, as the flange of an iron beam; or for a guide, as the
flange of a car wheel (see Car wheel.); or for attachment to another object, as the flange on the end of
a pipe, steam cylinder, etc. Knight.
2. A plate or ring to form a rim at the end of a pipe when fastened to the pipe.
Blind flange, a plate for covering or closing the end of a pipe. Flange joint, a joint, as that of
pipes, where the connecting pieces have flanges by which the parts are bolted together. Knight. - -
Flange rail, a rail with a flange on one side, to keep wheels, etc. from running off. Flange turning,
the process of forming a flange on a wrought iron plate by bending and hammering it when hot.
(Flange), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Flanged (flanjd); p. pr. & vb. n. Flanging ] (Mach.) To make a
flange on; to furnish with a flange.
(Flange), v. i. To be bent into a flange.
(Flanged) a. Having a flange or flanges; as, a flanged wheel.
(Flank) 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
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
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