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Meaning of PHALANX

Pronunciation:  'feylangks

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  any of the bones (or phalanges) of the fingers or toes
  2. [n]  a body of troops in close array
  3. [n]  any closely ranked crowd of people
 

PHALANX is a 7 letter word that starts with P.

 

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

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 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.

 
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