Definitions of phalanx

  1. any closely ranked crowd of people
  2. any of the bones ( or phalanges) of the fingers or toes
  3. a body of troops in close array
  4. 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.
  5. Any body of troops or men formed in close array, or any combination of people distinguished for firmness and solidity of a union.
  6. A Fourierite community; a phalanstery.
  7. One of the digital bones of the hand or foot, beyond the metacarpus or metatarsus; an internode.
  8. A group or bundle of stamens, as in polyadelphous flowers.
  9. Among the ancient Greeks, a company of heavy- armed soldiers drawn up in close rank: hence, any compact body of persons, animals, or things: phalanges.
  10. 1. One of the long bones of the fingers or toes, 14 in number for each hand or foot, 2 for the thumb or great toe, and 3 each for the other four digits; they are numbered from I- III, beginning from the metacarpus. The 3d ( 2d in the thumb or great toe), or terminal, phalanx is called the ungual phalanx because of a flattened surface, ungual tuberosity, at its termination which supports the nail. 2. One of a number of cuticular plates, arranged in several rows, on the surface of the organ of Corti; they are the heads of the outer row of Corti's rods and of Deiter's cells, and between them are the free ends of the hair cells.
  11. Singular of phlanges, q. v.
  12. A line of battle: a square battalion of heavy armed infantry drawn up in ranks and files close and deep: any compact body of men:- pl. PHALANGES, the small bones of the fingers and toes.
  13. A compact body of soldiers.
  14. The Macedonian military formation with ranks 8 to 16 deep; any compact body or corps.
  15. One of the bones of the fingers or toes.
  16. Any body of troops or men formed in close array; a compact body; one of the small bones forming the fingers or toes. See Phalanges.
  17. Among the anc. Greeks, a body of heavy armed troops drawn up in the form of a deep square and in close rank and file; any close compact body of men.
  18. Phalanges. Segments of the digits of Vertebrates.

Usage examples for phalanx

  1. While the horse were thus dangerously engaged, the Macedonian phalanx passed the river, and the foot on each side advanced to fight. – Plutarch-Lives-of-the-noble-Grecians-and-Romans by Clough, Arthur Hugh
  2. So far as to secure pardon for all except the leader and one faithful follower, Colonel Rudler of the famous Phalanx, Salmon did use his authority, and he offered, if Walker would ask as an American citizen, to intercede for him. – Real Soldiers of Fortune by Richard Harding Davis
  3. We are very much pleased with this little Phalanx, which is just starting into existence. – History of American Socialisms by John Humphrey Noyes
  4. All other things are but the shadows cast behind or before the ever- marching phalanx of the unconquerable, the imperishable proletaire. – An Anarchist Woman by Hutchins Hapgood
  5. The masters and the slaves of yesterday- all rose together- a phalanx of freemen, to testify " their sincere sympathy" in the efforts and objects of American abolitionists. – The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus by American Anti-Slavery Society
  6. Tier upon tier, thicket upon thicket, phalanx upon phalanx they climbed. – The Metal Monster by A. Merritt
  7. The condition is easily diagnosed from congenital contraction by the fact that in the latter the proximal phalanx is dorsiflexed. – Manual of Surgery Volume Second: Extremities--Head--Neck. Sixth Edition. by Alexander Miles Alexis Thomson
  8. There will be a break in the dominant phalanx. – Psycho-Phone Messages by Francis Grierson
  9. I was hoisted upon the shoulders of those who stood in the centre of this brave phalanx, and had a perfect view of all their operations. – Memoirs of Henry Hunt, Esq. Volume 3 by Henry Hunt
  10. The Tumbledownians were there in great force under Cale Goodfellow, to help Theodore Fog; and the Bickerbrayians with Virgil Philpot, the editor of The Scrutinizer, mustered a heavy phalanx in favor of Ag Flag. – Quodlibet by John P. Kennedy
  11. 48. Mr. Fox, Mr. Sheridan, and the gentlemen who call themselves the Phalanx, have not been so very indulgent to others. – The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. V. (of 12) by Edmund Burke
  12. Each part of our organism is ours, in that it is fused in the sole and indistinguishable totality of our living being,- our heart and our brain, as well as the phalanx of a finger, if perchance we should be unable to live without it, and it therefore effectively constituted our being. – The Reform of Education by Giovanni Gentile
  13. A Hellenic phalanx and Libyan mercenaries formed the garrison there, but at Pithom the King had gathered the flower of his troops around him, and this circumstance showed how little serious consideration the cautious ruler, who usually carefully regarded every detail, gave to the war with Cyrene, in which he took no personal part. – The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers by Georg Ebers
  14. It lay just across the sand- flat, where the great, even waves seemed marching in a phalanx towards the south; and then up a little slope, all painted blue and purple, to the mysterious valley beyond. – Shadow Mountain by Dane Coolidge
  15. Out of the corners of his eyes he saw team- mates forming a phalanx in front. – Interference and Other Football Stories by Harold M. Sherman
  16. On the fort in Athelney, and after crossing the marshes to the mainland it was carried in the centre of the phalanx. – The Dragon and the Raven or, The Days of King Alfred by G. A. Henty
  17. But the main object was obtained, the phalanx of the Treasury was reinforced by additional recruits. – Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson by Thomas Jefferson
  18. I should like her to have, if possible, good verse drawn up in order of battle; but, like Napoleon, she must face the fire herself, and, like Alexander, march in the front ranks of the phalanx. – Musicians of To-Day by Romain Rolland Commentator: Claude Landi
  19. In the presence of this formidable phalanx Beaumanoir felt his captive wilt in his grasp, and indeed he himself was swept back by it, still holding on, into the muniment room, where the woman Rosa was in the act of retreating from the window. – The Duke Decides by Headon Hill
  20. The man who seemed to be the captain of the patrol smiled somewhat grimly when he saw himself confronted by this phalanx of gentlemanly weapons. – The Nest of the Sparrowhawk by Baroness Orczy