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Meaning of phalanx by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Ancient Greek φάλαγξ ( phalanks, “battle order, array” ) .


    phalanx ( plural: phalanxes or phalanges )

    1. ( plural: phalanxes ) a large group of people, animals or things, compact or closely massed, or tightly knit and united in common purpose.
    2. ( anatomy, plural: phalanges ) One of the bones of the finger or toe .
    3. ( historical, plural: phalanxes ) An ancient Greek military unit that consisted of several ranks and files ( lines ) of soldiers in close array with joined shields and long spears .
    4. ( historical sociology ) A Fourierite utopian community; a phalanstery .


Explanation of phalanx by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. any of the bones of the fingers or toes

    2. a body of troops in close array

    3. any closely ranked crowd of people

    Definition of phalanx by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Phalanx n.; pl. Phalanxes L. Phalanges [L., from Gr. φάλαγξ.]
      1. ( Gr. Antiq. ) A body of heavy-armed infantry formed in ranks and files close and deep. There were several different arrangements, the phalanx varying in depth from four to twenty-five or more ranks of men. “In cubic phalanx firm advanced.” Milton.

      The Grecian phalanx, moveless as a tower. Pope.

      2. Any body of troops or men formed in close array, or any combination of people distinguished for firmness and solidity of a union.

      At present they formed a united phalanx. Macaulay.

      The sheep recumbent, and the sheep that grazed,

      All huddling into phalanx, stood and gazed. Cowper.

      3. A Fourierite community; a phalanstery.

      4. ( Anat. ) One of the digital bones of the hand or foot, beyond the metacarpus or metatarsus; an internode.

      5. [pl. Phalanges.] ( Bot. ) A group or bundle of stamens, as in polyadelphous flowers.