\ ˈflanj \

Definition of flange

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a rib or rim for strength, for guiding, or for attachment to another object a flange on a pipe a flange on a wheel
2 : a projecting edge of cloth used for decoration on clothing a jacket with flange shoulders


flanged; flanging

Definition of flange (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to furnish with a flange

Examples of flange in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun For those new to breastfeeding, the Go's nipple sizing guide can be helpful in picking the right flange size. Jamie Spain, Good Housekeeping, 10 May 2022 The chapter ring takes a near-vertical plunge along the flange, with lacquered indexes and polished hour markers that cling to the edge as if skiing downhill into the movement. Carol Besler, Robb Report, 23 Mar. 2022 But the jaw stood out because of the shape and size of the teeth, the spacing between them and the shape of the flange (the part of the chin that stuck down to protect the animal’s canine teeth). Raegan Scharfetter, Scientific American, 15 Mar. 2022 The icing on the cake is a sleek polished inner flange, available in steel or 5N red gold, representing the glowing corona that halos the dark moon during a solar eclipse. Paige Reddinger, Robb Report, 19 Jan. 2022 Trains roll along the rails with a flange at the edge of the wheels to keep them on the rails. Washington Post, 18 Oct. 2021 The 24-hour home-time index appears on the flange, a subtle, understated touch on a watch with otherwise bold features. Carol Besler, Robb Report, 14 Sep. 2021 The connection to the pipes, or a flange connection, had been severed due to tampering or vandalism. Amaris Encinas, The Arizona Republic, 23 Sep. 2021 In that vein, the 24-hour index on the flange is separated into white and black sections to differentiate between night and day. Carol Besler, Robb Report, 14 Sep. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of flange


circa 1735, in the meaning defined at sense 1


circa 1859, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for flange


perhaps alteration of flanch a curving charge on a heraldic shield

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The first known use of flange was circa 1735

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“Flange.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flange. Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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