noun, plural pha·lanx·es or for 7, pha·lan·ges [fuh-lan-jeez] /fəˈlæn dʒiz/.
verb (used without object)
Origin of phalanx
Examples from the Web for phalanx
A phalanx of cops formed behind them as they started across.
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|DAILY BEAST
I was among more than a hundred protestors from Occupy L.A., and facing a phalanx of police with riot equipment.
Their carefully scripted words, examined beforehand no doubt by a phalanx of spinmeisters, were barely above a monotone.
Holmes, aided by a phalanx of legal advisers, made several choices that will be hard for Cruise to counter, experts agree.
Our housekeeping is not satisfactory to us, but perhaps a phalanx, a community, might be.Essays, Second Series|Ralph Waldo Emerson
The Macedonian phalanx is considered one of the most extraordinary military contrivances of ancient times.Pyrrhus|Jacob Abbott
The moment a breach had91 been made in a Macedonian or Swiss phalanx the great length of their spears became their ruin.The Art of War in the Middle Ages A.D. 378-1515|C. W. C. Oman
We find nothing after this in the Phalanx about this Association.
They will be an impediment instead of an assistance to the progressive movement of a Phalanx.
British Dictionary definitions for phalanx
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
Word Origin and History 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).