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American English: /flæŋk/
British English: /flaŋk/

transitive verb

  • 1 (be at either side of) (often passive)
    Example sentences
    • It is well lit by two large windows and has as its focal point a marble fireplace flanked by built-in shelving units.
    • The fireplace is flanked by fitted floor-to-ceiling bookshelves.
    • Central to the transformation was the creation of an inviting sitting area oriented toward a new gas fireplace flanked by tall bookshelves.
  • 2 (Military)
    Example sentences
    • We sat around the kitchen table and planned out our strategy, various frontal attacks and flanking maneuvers we could make were considered.
    • Suddenly, two Rebel batteries flanked the attacking Union troops and opened fire upon their exposed rear flank.
    • The second fighter's attack you, Tice and his five-fighter squadron will flank from behind and intercept.
  • 3
    also: flanking present participle
    de flanqueo
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