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Definition: Flank attack
(fl[a^][ng]k), n. [F. flanc, prob. fr. L. flaccus
flabby, with n inserted. Cf. Flaccid
1. The fleshy or muscular part of the side of an animal,
between the ribs and the hip. See Illust. of Beef
(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.
(Mil.), an attack upon the side of an army or
body of troops, distinguished from one upon its front or
(Mil.), a certain number of troops drawn up
on the right or left of a battalion; usually grenadiers,
light infantry, or riflemen.
(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.
, the first men on the right, and the last on
the left, of a company, battalion, etc.
, a march made parallel or obliquely to an
enemy's position, in order to turn it or to attack him on
, a change of march by an army, or portion of
one, in order to turn one or both wings of the enemy, or
to take up a new position.
Flanks of a frontier
, salient points in a national
boundary, strengthened to protect the frontier against
, detachments acting independently of the
column of an army, but patrolling along its flanks, to
secure it against surprise and to observe the movements of