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 (fā′lănj′, fə-lănj′)

[French, from Old French, body of infantrymen, from Latin, from Greek phalanx, phalang-, log, battle array, bone between the finger and toe joints; see phalanx.]


n, pl phalanges (fæˈlændʒiːz)
(Anatomy) anatomy another name for phalanx5
[C16: via French, ultimately from Greek phalanx]


(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]


[ˈfælændʒ] Nfalange f
the Phalange (in Spain) → la Falange
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The report said a bulldog that was passing by attacked him and bit off part of the middle finger of his left hand -- nail phalange.
Ces elements appartiennent a la phalange "Okba Ibn Nafaa".
During the interrogation, the detainee confessed to leading terrorist "Ahfad Hamza" phalange, and to communicating with "Ahrar al-Sham" group in Syria's northwestern city of Idlib.
Summary: It was 33 years ago, in September 1982, that large numbers of Palestinians -- estimates vary from 700 to a few thousand -- were slaughtered in the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps by members of the Phalange militia amid Israeli collusion and assistance.
Pourchasse depuis decembre 2012 par les forces de securite tunisiennes, le groupe terroriste, la [beaucoup moins que] Phalange Okba Ibn Nafaa [beaucoup plus grand que], est responsable de la mort de dizaines de militaires et policiers.
Two key Christian constituents, Michel Aoun's Free Patriotic Movement (FPM) and Amin Gemayel's Phalange Party, were the holdouts.
Dans cette declaration mise en ligne sur sa page facebook , le courant extremiste dont les combattants font partie de la phalange Okba Ibn Naf, deployes sur les hauteurs du Nord-ouest, lance en revanche un nouvel avertissement aux forces de l'armee et de la securite ou il est affirme que ces forces ne comprennent que la logique de la force et le langage des armes '.
Mourlevat's brave new world is dominated by the oppressive Phalange regime and populated by vicious dog-men and docile horse-men as well as human beings.
Following the caustic war of words between Hizbullah MP Nawwaf al-Moussawi and Phalange MP Sami Gemayel on Wednesday, Moussawi took the initiative and apologized for insulting his Christian rival.
11 that the right-wing Christian Phalange Party, led by former President Amin Gemayel, is still incapable of ridding itself of the struggle for power and the long-time ruling of the Gemayel family, which has put the party in the hands of one clan.
Ex-Lebanon President and Phalange Party leader Amin Gemayel on Jan.
But MPs from the Free Patriotic Movement, Phalange and Lebanese Forces are strongly opposing the measure.