Simple Definition of phalanx
: a large group of people, animals, or things often placed close together
Full Definition of phalanx
plural pha·lanx·es or pha·lan·ges play \fə-ˈlan-(ˌ)jēz, fā-, ˈfā-ˌ, British usually fa-\
1 : a body of heavily armed infantry in ancient Greece formed in close deep ranks and files; broadly : a body of troops in close array
2 plural phalanges : one of the digital bones of the hand or foot of a vertebrate
3 plural usually phalanxes a : a massed arrangement of persons, animals, or things <a phalanx of armed guards> b : an organized body of persons <a phalanx of lawyers>
Examples of phalanx
A solid phalanx of armed guards stood in front of the castle.
She had to go through a phalanx of television cameras.
Origin of phalanx
Latin phalang-, phalanx, from Greek, battle line, digital bone, literally, log — more at balk
First Known Use: 1553
Medical Definition of phalanx
plural pha·lan·ges \fə-ˈlan-(ˌ)jēz, fā-, ˈfā-ˌ, British usually fal-ˈan-\play
: any of the digital bones of the hand or foot distal to the metacarpus or metatarsus of a vertebrate that in humans are three to each finger and toe with the exception of the thumb and big toe which have only two each
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