Phalanx

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.
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The Grecian phalanx, moveless as a tower.
Pope.
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2. Any body of troops or men formed in close array, or any combination of people distinguished for firmness and solidity of a union.
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At present they formed a united phalanx.
Macaulay.
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The sheep recumbent, and the sheep that grazed,
All huddling into phalanx, stood and gazed.
Cowper.
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3. A Fourierite community; a phalanstery.
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4. (Anat.) One of the digital bones of the hand or foot, beyond the metacarpus or metatarsus; an internode.
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5. [pl. Phalanges.] (Bot.) A group or bundle of stamens, as in polyadelphous flowers.
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