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1. One that flanks, especially a soldier so positioned as to protect the flank of a column of troops on the march.
2. Business An extension product, such as a diet version of a soft drink or a liquid version of a detergent, added to a line to support the sales of the main product.
3. Football A flankerback.


1. (Military) one of a detachment of soldiers detailed to guard the flanks, esp of a formation
2. (Fortifications) a projecting fortification, used esp to protect or threaten a flank
3. (Rugby) rugby a wing forward


(ˈflæŋ kər)

1. a person or thing that flanks.
2. Football.
a. Also called flank′er back`. an offensive back who lines up outside of an end.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.flanker - a back stationed wide of the scrimmage line; used as a pass receiver
back - (football) a person who plays in the backfield
2.flanker - a soldier who is a member of a detachment assigned to guard the flanks of a military formation
armed forces, armed services, military, military machine, war machine - the military forces of a nation; "their military is the largest in the region"; "the military machine is the same one we faced in 1991 but now it is weaker"
detachment - a small unit of troops of special composition
soldier - an enlisted man or woman who serves in an army; "the soldiers stood at attention"
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We made a most imposing and awe-inspiring spectacle as we strung out across the yellow landscape; the two hundred and fifty ornate and brightly colored chariots, preceded by an advance guard of some two hundred mounted warriors and chieftains riding five abreast and one hundred yards apart, and followed by a like number in the same formation, with a score or more of flankers on either side; the fifty extra mastodons, or heavy draught animals, known as zitidars, and the five or six hundred extra thoats of the warriors running loose within the hollow square formed by the surrounding warriors.
If they hadn't halted, I had no fear of being discovered, for I had seen that the Galus marched without point, flankers or rear guard; and when I reached the pass and saw a narrow, one-man trail leading upward at a stiff angle, I wished that I were chief of the Galus for a few weeks.
Whitefleld used to do after he had made a wearisome day’s march, get on our knees and pray, like Moses of old, with a flanker to the right and left to lift his hands to heaven,” returned her husband, who composedly performed what she had directed to be done.
In the flanker task, target categorization response times are affected by the combination of flankers and target (Schmitz, Wentura, & Brinkmann, 2014).
Props Cian Healy and Mike Ross, lock Iain Henderson, and flankers Peter O'Mahony and Chris Henry join O'Brien on the treatment table.
Sam WaRBuRTOn (Wales) Age: 22 Caps: 17 Position: Flanker Schoolmate of Gareth Bale's, Wales' second youngest ever captain and only just behind Richie McCaw and Australia's david Pocock in the ranks of the world's best openside flankers.
Head coach Robinson recalled record cap holder and points scorer Chris Paterson at full-back for his 99th appearance, as well as drafting in Glasgow centres Max Evans and G r a e m e M o r r i s o n , Gloucester prop Alasdair Dickinson and Glasgow flankers Kelly Brown and John Barclay.
Ruthin won their first league game of the season with a 25-13 success at Abercwmboi with tries from prop Nigel Hampton, flankers Richard Jones and Gavin Cass with outside half John Tudor and centre Huw Roberts sharing the goal kicks.
No 8 Dean Warren led the way with a brace of tries while there were further scores from fly-half Ian Williams, flanker Rhys Jones, scrum-half Geraint Evans, centre Alan Lawton and flankers Gavin Ebrey and Mark Rudd.
Swansea include new signings wing Nicky Thomas and flanker Steffan Edwards as well as former Youth international flankers Ben Lewis and Rory Gallagher.
For the valid cue trials (Figure 3A), the performance on the search task was affected by the flanker compatibility only when the flankers were presented on the horizontal meridian (F(1,9) = 7.