Definition of flitch in US English:



  • 1A slab of timber cut from a tree trunk, usually from the outside.

    • ‘This code applies to all sawmills engaged in the sawing of round logs and flitches of all timber species, into sawn timber.’
    • ‘He felt that each tree had a soul, explaining that ‘each flitch, each board, each plank can have only one ideal use.’’
    • ‘I would take a flitch, lift the head up and go back, and before I started my next cut, I would take the flitch and spin it 90 degrees.’
    • ‘These companies purchase the quality of logs as dictated by their customers, cut them into flitches and slice them into fancy face veneers’
  • 2The strengthening plate in a flitch beam.

    • ‘I've never used a flitch plate because I consider them too inefficient for use in a major beam (compared to a light steel beam) and I've never raised a window or door head that close to a ceiling.’
    • ‘Flitch plates became rare when plywood box beams arrived.’
    • ‘I'm looking for information, books, web sites etc. on specifications for gusset plates and flitch plates when used with wood members.’
  • 3dialect A side of bacon.

    • ‘If the answer is yes to these questions and you have a story to tell about your marriage you might want to claim the flitch of bacon at next year's Flitch Trials in Great Dunmow.’
    • ‘This disparaging opinion was hardly shared by hundreds of other colonists who eagerly converted the pigs into flitches of Bacon which they judged ‘very good.’’
    • ‘The pig was cut so that two sides of pork, flitches, remained; these were cured for bacon.’


Old English flicce, originally denoting the salted and cured side of any meat, of Germanic origin; related to Middle Low German vlicke.