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Flange (flănj), n. [Prov. E. flange to project, flanch a projection. See Flanch, Flank.] 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, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Flanged (flănjd); p. pr. & vb. n. Flanging (flăn"jĭng).] (Mach.) To make a flange on; to furnish with a flange.
Flange, v. i. To be bent into a flange.