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 or even metaphorically. You might, for example, refer to the more conservative flank of a political party. This word can also be used as a verb. 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:
    an arrangement of people or things acting as a unit
  4. noun
    a subfigure consisting of a side of something
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    the side of a right triangle opposite the right angle
    the bottom side of a geometric figure from which the altitude can be constructed
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    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:
    be located or situated somewhere; occupy a certain position
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