From dialectal English flange (“to project”), flanch (“a projection”), from Old French flanche (“flank, side”). See flank. As a term for a group of baboons, it was popularized in the comedy TV series Not the Nine O'Clock News.
flange (plural flanges)
- An external or internal rib or rim, used either to add strength or to hold something in place.
- The projecting edge of a rigid or semi-rigid component.
- (roleplaying games) An ability in a role-playing game which is not commonly available, overpowered or arbitrarily imposed by the referees.
- 2007, "balor", Changing the metaphysics on Rule 7 
- 'Oh look, the amulet of flange has been activated, this means all Paladins now only have one heal per day instead of two.'
- (vulgar slang) The vulva.
- 2001, tedfat, “Flange!!!!”, in alt.society.nottingham (Usenet):
- I was in bed the other day with the missus and I asked to see her flange. Imagine my surprise when she got up went downstairs to my toolbox and brought me up a metal looking object called a flange!!!!! Needless to say when she asked to see my nuts the next time I obliged by doing exactly the same as her.
- 2003, Ray Gordon, Hot Sheets:
- 'God, she's got a tight flange!' the plumber gasped, splaying the girl's buttocks and focusing on her O-ring.
- (rare, humorous) The collective noun for a group of baboons.
- 2006, Rick Crosier, Getting Away with Murder:
- I suspect they hired a flange of baboons to mind the house.
- The electronic sound distortion produced by a flanger.
- (intransitive) To be bent into a flange.
- (transitive, mechanics) To make a flange on; to furnish with a flange; to bend (esp. sheet metal) in the form of a flange.
- (transitive, sound engineering) To mix two copies of together, one delayed by a very short, slowly varying time.
- flange (external or internal rib or rim)
- flangie (misspelling)
flange f pl
- plural of