Definition of Phalanx

1. Noun. Any of the bones of the fingers or toes.

Generic synonyms: Bone, Os
Group relationships: Dactyl, Digit
Derivative terms: Phalangeal



2. Noun. Any closely ranked crowd of people.
Generic synonyms: Crowd

3. Noun. A body of troops in close array.

Definition of Phalanx

1. n. 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.

Definition of Phalanx

1. Proper noun. The brand name of a radar-controlled rapid fire 20mm Gatling-type machine gun, the '''Phalanx''' CIWS (pronounced ''see-wiz''), deployed on U.S. Navy ships as a last line of defense against antiship cruise missiles. ¹

2. Noun. (context: plural '''phalanxes''') a large group of people, animals or things, compact or closely massed, or tightly knit and united in common purpose. ¹

3. Noun. (skeleton plural '''phalanges''') One of the bones of the finger or toe. ¹

4. Noun. (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. ¹

5. Noun. (''historical sociology'') A Fourierite utopian community; a phalanstery. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Phalanx

1. a formation of infantry in ancient Greece [n -ES]

Medical Definition of Phalanx

1. A finger bone. There are three phalanges in each digit, except the thumb which only has two. (27 Sep 1997)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Phalanx

phalanges
phalangian
phalangid
phalangids
phalangious
phalangist
phalangistine
phalangite
phalangites
phalangitis
phalangoidea
phalansterian
phalansterians
phalansteries
phalanstery
phalanx (current term)
phalanxes
phalaris
phalarope
phalaropes
phalera
phalerae
phall
phallacidin
phallacin
phallalgia
phallectomies
phalli

Literary usage of Phalanx

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1. The Ancient History of the Egyptians, Carthaginians, Assyrians, Babylonians by Charles Rollin (1869)
"When the phalanx advanced towards an enemy, there was but three feet ... In fine, when the phalanx was to receive the enemy, the men who composed it drew ..."

2. Materials for the study of variation treated with especial regard to by William Bateson (1894)
"The epiphysis of the large metacarpal supports a normal first phalanx with which the second phalanx articulates. This second phalanx is enlarged internally ..."

3. The Comparative anatomy of the domesticated animals by Auguste Chauveau (1887)
"They aro attached, beneath, to the sides of the second phalanx. Their most inferior fibres are even prolonged below that point to reach the extremities of ..."

4. The History of Greece by Connop Thirlwall (1860)
"Nor is there any difficulty in believing that he at the same time made some improvements in the arms, or the structure of the phalanx, which entitled it to ..."

5. A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities by William Smith (1859)
"Philip, king of Macedonia, is sometimes spoken of by Greek writers as the inventor of the phalanx. It is probable enough that he was the first to introduce ..."

6. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and General by Thomas Spencer Baynes (1888)
"The Athenian phalanx was less compact than that of Sparta, but more formidable in ... The Thebans, under the direction of Epaminondas, modified the phalanx, ..."

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