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1 any of the bones (or phalanges) of the fingers or toes
2 any closely ranked crowd of people
3 a body of troops in close array

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see Phalanx




From Greek phalangos finger


  1. An ancient Greek military unit that consisted of several ranks and files (lines) of soldiers in close array with joined shields and long spears.
  2. One of the bones of the finger or toe, also called phalange.
  3. a large group of people, animals or things, compact or closely massed, or tightly knit and united in common purpose.
    The pop star was encased in a phalanx of bodyguards.
    The general appeared dignified with a phalanx of medals decorating his uniform.


ancient Greek military unit
finger or toe bone
large group of people


*2007, The Guardian,,,2073710,00.html
  • There, the Paisleyites were being held back by another phalanx of soldiers and policemen.
  • 2007, The Guardian,,,2065311,00.html
    The Guardian today listed a phalanx of ministers who back the bill, including Tessa Jowell, the culture secretary, Tony McNulty, the policing minister, Andy Burnham, the junior health minister, Ian Pearson, the climate change minister, John Healey, the financial secretary to the Treasury, and Keith Hill, parliamentary private secretary to Tony Blair.

Extensive Definition

Phalanx (Greek word from phalangos, meaning Finger) can have many more modern meanings, mostly allusory to its original Greek meaning. Phalanx may refer to:




The arts





phalanx in Aragonese: Falanche (desambigazión)
phalanx in German: Phalanx (Begriffsklärung)
phalanx in Modern Greek (1453-): Φάλαγγα (αποσαφήνιση)
phalanx in Spanish: Falange (desambiguación)
phalanx in Esperanto: Falango
phalanx in Basque: Falange
phalanx in French: Phalange
phalanx in Ido: Falango
phalanx in Italian: Falange
phalanx in Latvian: Falanga
phalanx in Dutch: Falangisme
phalanx in Polish: Falanga (ujednoznacznienie)
phalanx in Russian: Фаланга
phalanx in Slovak: Falanga

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