phalanx

A phalanx is a tightly knit group of people or things, like an army troop or a bunch of fans of the same band.

Phalanx refers to any tightly formed group of soldiers or officers, and historically defines a body of Macedonian infantry whose shields overlapped. From that sense, it came to mean any close-knit group. Another definition of phalanx — any bone in a finger or toe — also came out of the military sense: these bones work together closely, just like a military phalanx. The plural for these bones is phalanges, while the plural for the other senses is phalanxes.

Primary Meanings of phalanx

1.
n
any closely ranked crowd of people
2.
n
any of the bones of the fingers or toes
Full Definitions of phalanx
1

n any closely ranked crowd of people

Type of:
crowd
a large number of things or people considered together

n a body of troops in close array

Type of:
force, military force, military group, military unit
a unit that is part of some military service
2

n any of the bones of the fingers or toes

Type of:
bone, os
rigid connective tissue that makes up the skeleton of vertebrates

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