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Flank vs. Plank

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Flankverb

(transitive) To attack the flank(s) of.

Planknoun

A long, broad and thick piece of timber, as opposed to a board which is less thick.

Flankverb

(transitive) To defend the flank(s) of.

Planknoun

A political issue that is of concern to a faction or a party of the people and the political position that is taken on that issue.

‘Germanization was a central plank of German conservative thinking in the 19th and 20th centuries.’;

Flankverb

(transitive) To place to the side(s) of.

Planknoun

Physical exercise in which one holds a pushup position for a measured length of time.

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Flankverb

(intransitive) To be placed to the side(s) of something (usually in terms of two objects, one on each side).

Planknoun

A stupid person, idiot.

Flanknoun

(anatomy) The flesh between the last rib and the hip; the side.

Planknoun

That which supports or upholds.

Flanknoun

(cooking) A cut of meat from the flank of an animal.

Plankverb

(transitive) To cover something with planking.

‘to plank a floor or a ship’;

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Flanknoun

(military) The extreme left or right edge of a military formation, army etc.

Plankverb

(transitive) To bake (fish, etc.) on a piece of cedar lumber.

Flanknoun

(military) The sides of a bastion perpendicular to the wall from which the bastion projects.

Plankverb

To lay down, as on a plank or table; to stake or pay cash.

‘to plank money in a wager’;

Flanknoun

The side of something, in general senses.

Plankverb

(transitive) To harden, as hat bodies, by felting.

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Flanknoun

The outermost strip of a road.

Plankverb

To splice together the ends of slivers of wool, for subsequent drawing.

Flanknoun

(soccer) The wing, one side of the pitch.

Plankverb

(intransitive) To pose for a photograph while lying rigid, face down, arms at side, in an unusual place.

Flanknoun

That part of the acting surface of a gear wheel tooth that lies within the pitch line.

Planknoun

A broad piece of sawed timber, differing from a board only in being thicker. See Board.

Flankadjective

Maximum. Historically faster than full speed (the most a vessel can sustain without excessive engine wear or risk of damage), now frequently used interchangeably. Typically used in an emergency or during an attack.

‘All ahead flank!’;

Planknoun

Fig.: That which supports or upholds, as a board does a swimmer.

‘His charity is a better plank than the faith of an intolerant and bitter-minded bigot.’;

Flanknoun

The fleshy or muscular part of the side of an animal, between the ribs and the hip. See Illust. of Beef.

Planknoun

One of the separate articles in a declaration of the principles of a party or cause; as, a plank in the national platform.

Flanknoun

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’;

Plankverb

To cover or lay with planks; as, to plank a floor or a ship.

Flanknoun

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.

Plankverb

To lay down, as on a plank or table; to stake or pay cash; as, to plank money in a wager.

Flanknoun

The side of any building.

Plankverb

To harden, as hat bodies, by felting.

Flanknoun

That part of the acting surface of a gear wheel tooth that lies within the pitch line.

Plankverb

To splice together the ends of slivers of wool, for subsequent drawing.

Flankverb

To stand at the flank or side of; to border upon.

‘Stately colonnades are flanked with trees.’;

Planknoun

a stout length of sawn timber; made in a wide variety of sizes and used for many purposes

Flankverb

To overlook or command the flank of; to secure or guard the flank of; to pass around or turn the flank of; to attack, or threaten to attack; the flank of.

Planknoun

an endorsed policy in the platform of a political party

Flankverb

To border; to touch.

Plankverb

cover with planks;

‘The streets were planked’;

Flankverb

To be posted on the side.

Plankverb

set (something or oneself) down with or as if with a noise;

‘He planked the money on the table’; ‘He planked himself into the sofa’;

Flanknoun

the side of military or naval formation;

‘they attacked the enemy's right flank’;

Plankverb

cook and serve on a plank;

‘Planked vegetable’; ‘Planked shad’;

Flanknoun

a subfigure consisting of a side of something

Flanknoun

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

Flanknoun

the side between ribs and hipbone

Flankverb

be located at the sides of something or somebody

Flanknoun

the side of a person's or animal's body between the ribs and the hip

‘leaning against his horse's flanks’;

Flanknoun

a cut of meat from the flank of an animal

‘a thick flank of beef’;

Flanknoun

the side of a large object or structure

‘the northern flank of the Rockies’;

Flanknoun

the right or left side of a body of people such as an army, a naval force, or a soccer team

‘the left flank of the Russian Third Army’;

Flanknoun

the right or left side of a gaming area such as a chessboard.

Flanknoun

another term for wing forward

Flankverb

be on each or on one side of

‘the three defendants stood in the dock, flanked by police officers’; ‘cherry-red sofas flanked the enormous fireplace’;

Flankverb

guard or strengthen (a military force or position) from the side

‘massive walls, defended by four flanking towers’;

Flankverb

attack down or from the sides, or rake with gunfire from the sides

‘a flanking attack from the north-east’;

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