flank

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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    type of:
    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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    type of:
    cut of beef
    cut of meat from beef cattle
  3. noun
    the side of military or naval formation
    “they attacked the enemy's right flank
    synonyms: wing
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    type of:
    formation
    an arrangement of people or things acting as a unit
  4. noun
    a subfigure consisting of a side of something
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    types:
    hypotenuse
    the side of a right triangle opposite the right angle
    base
    the bottom side of a geometric figure from which the altitude can be constructed
    type of:
    subfigure
    a figure that is a part of another figure
  5. verb
    be located at the sides of something or somebody
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    type of:
    lie
    be located or situated somewhere; occupy a certain position
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