noun, plural pha·lanx·es or for 7, pha·lan·ges [fuh-lan-jeez] /fəˈlæn dʒiz/.
verb (used without object)
Origin of phalanx
Related Words for phalanxthrong, horde, flock, multitude, army, grip, fist, palm, body, division, group, company, number, host, myriad, troop, drove, rout, cloud, brigade
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Contemporary Examples of phalanx
A phalanx of cops formed behind them as they started across.Eric Garner Was Just a Number to Them
December 5, 2014
A phalanx of money-changers runs between the shops, converting Pakistani rupees to Afghan afghanis to U.S. dollars on the fly.Heart of Darkness: Into Afghanistan’s Taliban Valley
Matt Trevithick, Daniel Seckman
November 15, 2014
Who can forget the indelible images of that White Bronco being chased by a phalanx of cop cars on June 17, 1994?Football, Crime, and Allegations Against Aaron Hernandez
June 21, 2013
I was among more than a hundred protestors from Occupy L.A., and facing a phalanx of police with riot equipment.A Year On: Occupy L.A. And God
September 28, 2012
Their carefully scripted words, examined beforehand no doubt by a phalanx of spinmeisters, were barely above a monotone.Buzz Bissinger: Ban Penn State Football!
July 13, 2012
Historical Examples of phalanx
Our housekeeping is not satisfactory to us, but perhaps a phalanx, a community, might be.Essays, Second Series
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Nicotine stain on right forefinger, extending to middle of second phalanx.A Book of Burlesques
H. L. Mencken
A dark mass approaches—a phalanx of horns and streaming manes.The Western World
The phalanx ground to a halt, received the charge on the hedge of sarissas.
The Tulan phalanx moved slowly, obliquely across the valley.
noun plural phalanxes or phalanges (fæˈlændʒiːz)
- 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 reedCompare guerrilla
Word Origin for phalanx
1550s, "line of battle in close ranks," from Latin phalanx "compact body of heavily armed men in battle array," or directly from Greek phalanx (genitive phalangos) "line of battle, battle array," also "finger or toe bone," originally "round piece of wood, trunk, log," of unknown origin. Perhaps from PIE root *bhelg- "plank, beam" (cf. Old English balca "balk;" see balk (n.)). The Macedonian phalanx consisted of 50 close files of 16 men each. In anatomy, originally the whole row of finger joints, which fit together like infantry in close order. Figurative sense of "number of persons banded together in a common cause" is attested from 1600 (cf. Spanish Falangist, member of a fascist organization founded in 1933).