flank vs wing what difference

what is difference between flank and wing

English

Alternative forms

  • flanck (obsolete)

Etymology

From Late Middle English flanc, from Late Old English flanc (flank), from Old French flanc, of Germanic origin, probably Frankish *hlanca, from Proto-Germanic *hlankō (bend, curve, hip, flank), from Proto-Germanic *hlankaz (flexible, sleek, bendsome), from Proto-Indo-European *kleng- (to bend). Akin to Old High German hlanca (loin), Middle Low German lanke (hip joint) (German lenken (to bend, turn, lead)), Old English hlanc (loose, slender, flaccid, lank). More at lank.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /flæŋk/
  • Rhymes: -æŋk

Verb

flank (third-person singular simple present flanks, present participle flanking, simple past and past participle flanked)

  1. (transitive) To attack the flank(s) of.
  2. (transitive) To defend the flank(s) of.
  3. (transitive) To place to the side(s) of.
    • c. 1728, Christopher Pitt, Epistle to Mr. Spence
      Stately colonnades are flank’d with trees.
  4. (intransitive) To be placed to the side(s) of something (usually in terms of two objects, one on each side).

Translations

Noun

flank (plural flanks)

  1. (anatomy) The flesh between the last rib and the hip; the side.
  2. (cooking) A cut of meat from the flank of an animal.
  3. (military) The extreme left or right edge of a military formation, army etc.
  4. (military) The sides of a bastion perpendicular to the wall from which the bastion projects.
  5. The side of something, in general senses.
    • 1918, Edgar Rice Burroughs, The Land That Time Forgot Chapter VIII
      Cautiously I approached the flank of the cliffs, where they terminated in an abrupt escarpment as though some all powerful hand had broken off a great section of rock and set it upon the surface of the earth.
  6. The outermost strip of a road.
  7. (soccer) The wing, one side of the pitch.
  8. That part of the acting surface of a gear wheel tooth that lies within the pitch line.

Synonyms

  • (all senses): side
  • (side of formation): wing

Derived terms

  • (flesh between the last rib and the hip): flank steak

Translations

Adjective

flank (not comparable)

  1. (US, nautical, of speed) 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.


English

Etymology

From Middle English winge, wenge, from Old Norse vængr (wing), from Proto-Germanic *wēinga, *wēingan-. Cognate with Danish vinge (wing), Swedish vinge (wing), Icelandic vængur (wing), West Frisian wjuk (wing), from *h₂weh₁- (to blow), thus related to wind. Replaced native Middle English fither (from Old English fiþre, from Proto-Germanic *fiþriją), which merged with fether (from Old English feþer, from Proto-Germanic *feþrō). More at feather.

Pronunciation

  • enPR: wĭng, IPA(key): /wɪŋ/
  • Rhymes: -ɪŋ

Noun

wing (plural wings)

  1. An appendage of an animal’s (bird, bat, insect) body that enables it to fly
  2. A fin at the side of a ray or similar fish
  3. (slang) Human arm.
  4. (aviation) Part of an aircraft that produces the lift for rising into the air.
  5. One of the large pectoral fins of a flying fish.
  6. One of the broad, thin, anterior lobes of the foot of a pteropod, used as an organ in swimming.
  7. (botany) Any membranaceous expansion, such as that along the sides of certain stems, or of a fruit of the kind called samara.
  8. (botany) Either of the two side petals of a papilionaceous flower.
  9. A side shoot of a tree or plant; a branch growing up by the side of another.
  10. Passage by flying; flight.
  11. Limb or instrument of flight; means of flight or of rapid motion.
  12. A part of something that is lesser in size than the main body, such as an extension from the main building.
  13. Anything that agitates the air as a wing does, or is put in winglike motion by the action of the air, such as a fan or vane for winnowing grain, the vane or sail of a windmill, etc.
  14. A protruding piece of material on a menstrual pad to hold it in place and prevent leakage.
  15. An ornament worn on the shoulder; a small epaulet or shoulder knot.
  16. A cosmetic effect where eyeliner curves outward and ends at a point.
  17. A faction of a political movement. Usually implies a position apart from the mainstream center position.
  18. An organizational grouping in a military aviation service:
    1. (Britain) A unit of command consisting of two or more squadrons and itself being a sub-unit of a group or station.
    2. (US) A larger formation of two or more groups, which in turn control two or more squadrons.
  19. (Britain) A panel of a car which encloses the wheel area, especially the front wheels.
  20. (nautical) A platform on either side of the bridge of a vessel, normally found in pairs.
  21. (nautical) That part of the hold or orlop of a vessel which is nearest the sides. In a fleet, one of the extremities when the ships are drawn up in line, or when forming the two sides of a triangle.
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  22. (sports) A position in several field games on either side of the field.
  23. (sports) A player occupying such a position, also called a winger
  24. (typography, informal, rare) A háček.
    • 1985, David Grambs, Literary Companion Dictionary, page 378:
      ˇ wing, wedge, hǎcek, inverted circumflex (Karel Čapek)
  25. (theater) One of the unseen areas on the side of the stage in a theatre.
  26. (in the plural) The insignia of a qualified pilot or aircrew member.
    • 2004: Chris Wallace, Character: Profiles in Presidential Courage
      Anyone and everyone with wings – press officers, operations specialists, even General Curtis LeMay, commander of the U.S. Air Force in Europe – was put on flight duty and took turns flying double shifts for “Operation Vittles.”
  27. A portable shelter consisting of a fabric roof on a frame, like a tent without sides.
  28. On the Enneagram, one of the two adjacent types to an enneatype that forms an individual’s subtype of his or her enneatype

Alternative forms

  • weng, whing, wyng (all obsolete)

Synonyms

  • (panel of a car): fender (US), guard (Australia)
  • (sports position): forward
  • (U.S. Air Force): delta (U.S. Space Force), garrison (U.S. Space Force)

Hyponyms

  • left wing
  • right wing

Derived terms

Related terms

  • on the wing
  • take under one’s wing
  • wing it
  • wait in the wings

Translations

Verb

wing (third-person singular simple present wings, present participle winging, simple past and past participle winged or (nonstandard) wung)

  1. (transitive) To injure slightly (as with a gunshot), especially in the wing or arm.
  2. (intransitive) To fly.
    • Breezes blowing from beds of iris quickened her breath with their perfume; she saw the tufted lilacs sway in the wind, and the streamers of mauve-tinted wistaria swinging, all a-glisten with golden bees; she saw a crimson cardinal winging through the foliage, and amorous tanagers flashing like scarlet flames athwart the pines.
  3. (transitive, of a building) To add a wing (extra part) to.
  4. (transitive) To act or speak extemporaneously; to improvise; to wing it.
  5. (transitive) To throw.
  6. (transitive) To furnish with wings.
  7. (transitive) To transport with, or as if with, wings; to bear in flight, or speedily.
  8. (transitive) To traverse by flying.

Translations

Anagrams

  • Gwin, gwin

Middle English

Noun

wing

  1. Alternative form of winge

Tok Pisin

Etymology

From English wing.

Noun

wing

  1. wing

Vilamovian

Pronunciation

Adjective

wing

  1. little (by amount)

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