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phalanx

[ fey-langks, fal-angks ]
/ ˈfeɪ læŋks, ˈfæl æŋks /
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noun, plural pha·lanx·es or, for 7, pha·lan·ges [fuh-lan-jeez]. /fəˈlæn dʒiz/.
verb (used without object)
Printing. to arrange the distribution of work in a shop as evenly as possible.
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Origin of phalanx

First recorded in 1545–55; from Latin, from Greek phálanx “military formation, bone of finger or toe, wooden roller”
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British Dictionary definitions for phalanx

phalanx
/ (ˈfælæŋks) /

noun 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 peoplethe 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
anatomy any of the bones of the fingers or toesRelated adjective: phalangeal
botany
  1. a bundle of stamens, joined together by their stalks (filaments)
  2. a form of vegetative spread in which the advance is on a broad front, as in the common reedCompare guerrilla

Word Origin for phalanx

C16: via Latin from Greek: infantry formation in close ranks, bone of finger or toe
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Scientific definitions for phalanx

phalanx
[ fālăngks′ ]

Plural phalanges (fə-lănjēz)
Any of the small bones of the fingers or toes in humans or the digits of many other vertebrates.
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