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1. phalanx

any of the bones of the fingers or toes

2. phalanx

any closely ranked crowd of people

3. phalanx

a body of troops in close array

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nounWord forms: plural phalanxes or phalanges (fæˈlændʒiːz )
an ancient Greek and Macedonian battle formation of hoplites presenting long spears from behind a wall of overlapping shields
any closely ranked unit or mass of people
the police formed a phalanx to protect the embassy
a number of people united for a common purpose
(in Fourierism) a group of approximately 1800 persons forming a commune in which all property is collectively owned
5. anatomy
any of the bones of the fingers or toes
▶ Related adjective: phalangeal
6. botany
a bundle of stamens, joined together by their stalks (filaments)
a form of vegetative spread in which the advance is on a broad front, as in the common reed
Compare guerrilla

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nounWord forms: plural ˈphaˌlanxes or phalanges (fəˈlænˌdʒiz ; fəlanˈjēzˌ)
an ancient military formation of infantry in close, deep ranks with shields overlapping and spears extended
a massed group of individuals; compact body
a group of individuals united for a common purpose
the people forming a phalanstery
5.  Anatomy
any of the bones forming the fingers or toes

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n. pl. pha·lanx·es or pha·lan·ges (fə-lănjēz, fā-)
1. A compact or close-knit body of people: "formed a solid phalanx in defense of the Constitution and Protestant religion" (G.M. Trevelyan).
2. A formation of infantry carrying overlapping shields and long spears, developed by Philip II of Macedon and used by Alexander the Great.
3. pl. phalanges Anatomy A bone of a finger or toe. Also called phalange.

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