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n. pl. pha·lanx·es or pha·lan·ges (fə-lăn′jēz, fā-)
1. A compact or close-knit body of people: "formed a solid phalanx in defense of the Constitution and Protestant religion" (G.M. Trevelyan).
2. A formation of infantry carrying overlapping shields and long spears, developed by Philip II of Macedon and used by Alexander the Great.
3. pl. phalanges Anatomy A bone of a finger or toe. Also called phalange.
4. See phalanstery.
[Latin phalanx, phalang-, from Greek.]
n, pl phalanxes or phalanges (fæˈlændʒiːz)
1. (Military) an ancient Greek and Macedonian battle formation of hoplites presenting long spears from behind a wall of overlapping shields
2. any closely ranked unit or mass of people: the police formed a phalanx to protect the embassy.
3. a number of people united for a common purpose
4. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) (in Fourierism) a group of approximately 1800 persons forming a commune in which all property is collectively owned
5. (Anatomy) anatomy any of the bones of the fingers or toes.
6. (Botany) botany
a. a bundle of stamens, joined together by their stalks (filaments)
b. a form of vegetative spread in which the advance is on a broad front, as in the common reed. Compare guerrilla
[C16: via Latin from Greek: infantry formation in close ranks, bone of finger or toe]
pha•lanx(ˈfeɪ læŋks, ˈfæl æŋks)
n., pl. pha•lanx•es for 1-6, pha•lan•ges (fəˈlæn dʒiz for 7.)
1. (in ancient Greece) a group of heavily armed infantry formed in ranks and files close and deep, with shields joined and long spears overlapping.
2. any body of troops in close array.
3. a number of persons united for a common purpose.
4. a compact or closely massed body of persons, animals, or things.
5. (in Fourierism) a group of about 1800 persons, living together and holding their property in common.
6. any of the bones of the fingers or toes.
[1545–55; < Latin < Greek phálanx military formation, bone of finger or toe, wooden roller]
an ancient military formation of serried ranks surrounded by shields; hence, any crowded mass of people or group united for a common purpose.See also: Crowds
Phalanxa line or array of battle; a compact group of people or animals prepared for attack or defence; a body of persons or things drawn up together in a common purpose.
Examples: phalanx of cavaliers and dames, 1837; of elms, 1891; of Greeks, 1983; of infantry; of lawyers, 1817; of sheep, 1785; of soldiers, 1553; of migrating storks, 1733.
A Greek military formation of ranked armored hoplites.
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|Noun||1.||phalanx - any of the bones of the fingers or toes|
|2.||phalanx - any closely ranked crowd of people|
crowd - a large number of things or people considered together; "a crowd of insects assembled around the flowers"
|3.||phalanx - a body of troops in close array|
military force, military group, military unit, force - a unit that is part of some military service; "he sent Caesar a force of six thousand men"
phalanx[ˈfælæŋks] N (phalanges (pl)) [fæˈlændʒiːz] → falange f
n. falange, uno de los huesos largos de los dedos de los pies o las manos.