WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
flange /flændʒ/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]

    Mechanical Engineeringa projecting rim, collar, or ridge such as on a shaft, pipe, machine housing, etc., to give strength or support:The flange of a train wheel keeps the wheel on the track.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
flange  (flanj), 
n., v., flanged, flang•ing. 

  • Mechanical Engineeringa projecting rim, collar, or ring on a shaft, pipe, machine housing, etc., cast or formed to give additional strength, stiffness, or supporting area, or to provide a place for the attachment of other objects.
  • Mechanical Engineeringa broad ridge or pair of ridges projecting from the edge of a rolled metal shape generally at right angles, in order to strengthen or stiffen it.
  • Mechanical Engineeringa ring or collar, usually provided with holes for bolts, and screwed or welded over the end of a tube or pipe to permit other objects to be attached to it.
  • Building(in plumbing) a plate or flat ring bolted to the flange at the end of a length of pipe to close the end or to connect it with the flange of another such length:blind flange; spectacle flange.

  • v.i. 
  • Mechanical Engineeringto project like, or take the form of, a flange.
  • Etymology:
    • Middle French flanche, feminine of flanc flank
    • late Middle English flaunche side charge (on shield face) 1425–75
    flangeless, adj. 
    flanger, n. 

    Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    flange /flændʒ/ n
    1. a projecting disc-shaped collar or rim on an object for locating or strengthening it or for attaching it to another object
    2. a flat outer face of a rolled-steel joist, esp of an I- or H-beam
    1. (transitive) to attach or provide (a component) with a flange
    Etymology: 17th Century: probably changed from earlier flaunche curved segment at side of a heraldic field, from French flanc flank

    flanged adj ˈflangeless adj

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