Definitions for: Phalanx


[n] any of the bones (or phalanges) of the fingers or toes
[n] a body of troops in close array
[n] any closely ranked crowd of people



Webster (1913) Definition: Pha"lanx, n.; pl. Phalanxes, L. Phalanges. [L.,
from Gr. ?.]
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.

See Also: bone, crowd, dactyl, digit, force, military force, military group, military unit, os

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