Meaning of phalanx
Pronunciation: (fā'langks, fal'angks), [key]
— n., pl. v. pha•lanx•es pha•lan•ges
- (in ancient Greece) a group of heavily armed infantry formed in ranks and files close and deep, with shields joined and long spears overlapping.
- any body of troops in close array.
- a number of individuals, esp. persons united for a common purpose.
- a compact or closely massed body of persons, animals, or things.
- (cap.) a radar-controlled U.S. Navy 20mm Gatling-type gun deployed on ships as a last line of defense against antiship cruise missiles.
- (in Fourierism) a group of about 1800 persons, living together and holding their property in common.
- any of the bones of the fingers or toes. See diag. under
- to arrange the distribution of work in a shop as evenly as possible.
- phalanx (Thesaurus)