Webster's Dictionary, 1913
Flame-colored adjective Of the color of flame; of a bright orange yellow color. Shak.
Flameless adjective Destitute of flame. Sandys.
+ - let
.] A small flame.
The flamelets gleamed and flickered. Longfellow.
, Latin Flamines
. [ Latin ] (Rom. Antiq.) A priest devoted to the service of a particular god, from whom he received a distinguishing epithet. The most honored were those of Jupiter, Mars, and Quirinus, called respectively Flamen Dialis , Flamen Martialis , and Flamen Quirinalis .
Affrights the flamens at their service quaint. Milton.
Flamineous adjective Pertaining to a flamen; flaminical.
1. Emitting flames; afire; blazing; consuming; illuminating. 2. Of the color of flame; high-colored; brilliant; dazzling. "In flaming yellow bright." Prior. 3. Ardent; passionate; burning with zeal; irrepressibly earnest; as, a flaming proclomation or harangue.
Flamingly adverb In a flaming manner.
; plural Flamingoes
. [ Spanish flamenco
, confer Portuguese flamingo
, Prov. flammant
, French flamant
; prop. a present participle meaning flaming
. So called in allusion to its color. See Flame
.] (Zoology) Any bird of the genus Phœnicopterus . The flamingoes have webbed feet, very long legs, and a beak bent down as if broken. Their color is usually red or pink. The American flamingo is P. ruber ; the European is P. antiquorum .
Flaminical adjective Pertaining to a flamen. Milton.
Flammability noun The quality of being flammable; inflammability. [ Obsolete] Sir T. Browne.
Flammable adjective Inflammable. [ Obsolete]
Flammation noun The act of setting in a flame or blaze. [ Obsolete] Sir. T. Browne.
Flammeous adjective [ Latin flammeus from flamma flame.] Pertaining to, consisting of, or resembling, flame. [ Obsolete] Sir T. Browne.
Flammiferous adjective [ Latin flammifer ; flamma flame + ferre to bear.] Producing flame.
Flammivomous adjective [ Latin flammivomus ; flamma flame + vomere to vomit.] Vomiting flames, as a volcano. W. Thompson. (1745).
Flammulated adjective [ Latin flammula little flame, dim. from flamma flame.] Of a reddish color.
[ From Flame
.] Flaming; blazing; flamelike; flame-colored; composed of flame. Pope.
; plural Flanches
. [ Prov. E., a projection, Old French flanche
flank. See Flank
.] 1. A flange.
[ R.]. (Her.) A bearing consisting of a segment of a circle encroaching on the field from the side.
are always in pairs. A pair of flanches
is considered one of the subordinaries.
Flanched adjective (Her.) Having flanches; -- said of an escutcheon with those bearings.
Flanconade noun [ French] (Fencing) A thrust in the side.
[ French flânerie
. See Flaneur
.] Lit., strolling; sauntering; hence, aimless; idleness; as, intellectual flânerie .
Flaneur noun [ French, from flâner to stroll.] One who strolls about aimlessly; a lounger; a loafer.
Flang noun A miner's two- pointed pick.
[ Prov. English flange
to project, flanch
a projection. See Flanch
.] 1. An external or internal rib, or rim, for strength, as the flange of an iron beam; or for a guide, as the flange of a car wheel (see Car wheel .); or for attachment to another object, as the flange on the end of a pipe, steam cylinder, etc. Knight. 2. A plate or ring to form a rim at the end of a pipe when fastened to the pipe. Blind flange
, a plate for covering or closing the end of a pipe.
-- Flange joint
, a joint, as that of pipes, where the connecting pieces have flanges by which the parts are bolted together. Knight.
- - Flange rail
, a rail with a flange on one side, to keep wheels, etc. from running off.
-- Flange turning
, the process of forming a flange on a wrought iron plate by bending and hammering it when hot.
Flange transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Flanged
(flănjd); present participle & verbal noun Flanging
(flăn"jĭng).] (Machinery) To make a flange on; to furnish with a flange.
Flange intransitive verb To be bent into a flange.
Flanged (flănjd) adjective Having a flange or flanges; as, a flanged wheel.
[ French flanc
, probably from Latin flaccus
flabby, with n
inserted. Confer Flaccid
.] 1. The fleshy or muscular part of the side of an animal, between the ribs and the hip. See Illust. of Beef . 2. (Mil.) (a) 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
Divided, and to either flank retired. Milton. (b) (Fort.) 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.
. 3. (Architecture) The side of any building. Brands. 4. That part of the acting surface of a gear wheel tooth that lies within the pitch line. Flank attack (Mil.)
, an attack upon the side of an army or body of troops, distinguished from one upon its front or rear.
-- Flank company (Mil.)
, a certain number of troops drawn up on the right or left of a battalion; usually grenadiers, light infantry, or riflemen.
-- Flank defense (Fort.)
, protection of a work against undue exposure to an enemy's direct fire, by means of the fire from other works, sweeping the ground in its front.
-- Flank en potence (Mil.)
, any part of the right or left wing formed at a projecting angle with the line.
-- Flank files
, the first men on the right, and the last on the left, of a company, battalion, etc.
-- Flank march
, a march made parallel or obliquely to an enemy's position, in order to turn it or to attack him on the flank.
-- Flank movement
, a change of march by an army, or portion of one, in order to turn one or both wings of the enemy, or to take up a new position.
-- Flanks of a frontier
, salient points in a national boundary, strengthened to protect the frontier against hostile incursion.
-- Flank patrol
, detachments acting independently of the column of an army, but patrolling along its flanks, to secure it against surprise and to observe the movements of the enemy.
(flănk) transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Flanked
(flănkt); present participle & verbal noun Flanking
.] [ Confer French flanquer
. See Flank
, and confer Flanker
, transitive verb
] 1. To stand at the flank or side of; to border upon.
Stately colonnades are flanked with trees. Pitt. 2. 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.
Flank intransitive verb
1. To border; to touch. Bp. Butler. 2. To be posted on the side.
Flanker noun One who, or that which, flanks, as a skirmisher or a body of troops sent out upon the flanks of an army toguard a line of march, or a fort projecting so as to command the side of an assailing body.
They threw out flankers , and endeavored to dislodge their assailants. W. Irwing.
Flanker transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Flankered
; present participle & verbal noun Flankering
.] [ See Flank
, transitive verb
] 1. To defend by lateral fortifications.
[ Obsolete] Sir T. Herbert. 2. To attack sideways.
[ Obsolete] Evelyn.
[ French flanelle
, confer Old French flaine
a pillowcase, a mattress; from W. gwlanen
flannel, from gwlan
wool; probably akin to English wool
. Confer Wool
.] A soft, nappy, woolen cloth, of loose texture. Shak. Adam's flannel
. (Botany) See under Adam .
-- Canton flannel
, Cotton flannel
. See Cotton flannel , under Cotton .
Flannel flower (Botany) (a) The common mullein. (b) A Brazilian apocynaceous vine ( Macrosiphonia longiflora ) having woolly leaves. (c) An umbelliferous Australian flower ( Actinotus helianthi ), often erroneously thought to be composite. The involucre looks as if cut out of white flannel.
Flanneled adjective Covered or wrapped in flannel.
Flannen adjective Made or consisting of flannel. [ Obsolete] " Flannen robes." Dryden.
[ Middle English flappe
, blow, bly-flap; confer Dutch flap
, and English flap
] Anything broad and limber that hangs loose, or that is attached by one side or end and is easily moved; as, the flap of a garment.
A cartilaginous flap upon the opening of the larynx. Sir T. Browne. 2. A hinged leaf, as of a table or shutter. 3. The motion of anything broad and loose, or a stroke or sound made with it; as, the flap of a sail or of a wing. 4. plural (Far.) A disease in the lips of horses. Flap tile
, a tile with a bent up portion, to turn a corner or catch a drip.
-- Flap valve (Mech.)
, a valve which opens and shuts upon one hinged side; a clack valve.
Flap transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Flapped
; present participle & verbal noun Flapping
.] [ Prob. of imitative origin; confer Dutch flappen
, English flap
, flop, flippant, fillip.] 1. To beat with a flap; to strike.
Yet let me flap this bug with gilded wings. Pope. 2. To move, as something broad and flaplike; as, to flap the wings; to let fall, as the brim of a hat. To flap in the mouth
, to taunt.
[ Obsolete] W. Cartwright.
Flap intransitive verb 1. To move as do wings, or as something broad or loose; to fly with wings beating the air.
The crows flapped over by twos and threes. Lowell. 2. To fall and hang like a flap, as the brim of a hat, or other broad thing. Gay.
Flap-eared adjective Having broad, loose, dependent ears. Shak.
Flap-mouthed adjective Having broad, hangling lips. [ R.] Shak.
Flapdragon noun 1. A game in which the players catch raisins out burning brandy, and swallow them blazing. Johnson. 2. The thing thus caught and eaten. Johnson.
Cakes and ale, and flapdragons and mummer's plays, and all the happy sports of Christians night. C. Kingsley.
Flapdragon transitive verb To swallow whole, as a flapdragon; to devour.
See how the sea flapdragoned it. Shak.
1. A fklat cake turned on the griddle while cooking; a griddlecake or pacake. 2. A fried dough cake containing fruit; a turnover. [ Prov. Eng.]
Flapper noun 1. One who, or that which, flaps. 2. See Flipper .
of a porpoise." Buckley. Flapper skate (Zoology)
, a European skate ( Raia intermedia ).
Flare intransitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Flared
; present participle & verbal noun Flaring
.] [ Confer Norw. flara
to blaze, flame, adorn with tinsel, dial. Swedish flasa upp
, and English flash
, or flacker
.] 1. To burn with an unsteady or waving flame; as, the candle flares . 2. To shine out with a sudden and unsteady light; to emit a dazzling or painfully bright light. 3. To shine out with gaudy colors; to flaunt; to be offensively bright or showy.
With ribbons pendant, flaring about her head. Shak. 4. To be exposed to too much light.
Flaring in sunshine all the day. Prior. 5. To open or spread outwards; to project beyond the perpendicular; as, the sides of a bowl flare ; the bows of a ship flare . To flare up
, to become suddenly heated or excited; to burst into a passion.
[ Colloq.] Thackeray.
1. An unsteady, broad, offensive light. 2. A spreading outward; as, the flare of a fireplace.
Flare noun Leaf of lard. "Pig's flare ." Dunglison.
Flare noun (Photog.) A defect in a photographic objective such that an image of the stop, or diaphragm, appears as a fogged spot in the center of the developed negative.