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My father believed, like Pericles, that a man's genius could be easily judged by the number of unenlightened fools set in phalanx against his ideas.
Thomas Steinbeck

Meaning of "phalanx" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD PHALANX

Via Latin from Greek: infantry formation in close ranks, bone of finger or toe.
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PRONUNCIATION OF PHALANX

phalanx  [ˈfælæŋks] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF PHALANX

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Phalanx is a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

WHAT DOES PHALANX MEAN IN ENGLISH?

phalanx

Phalanx

The phalanx is a rectangular mass military formation, usually composed entirely of heavy infantry armed with spears, pikes, sarissas, or similar weapons. The term is particularly used to describe the use of this formation in Ancient Greek warfare, although the ancient Greek writers used it to also describe any massed infantry formation, regardless of its equipment, as does Arrian in his Array against the Alans when he refers to his legions. In Greek texts, the phalanx may be deployed for battle, on the march, even camped, thus describing the mass of infantry or cavalry that would deploy in line during battle. They marched forward as one entity. The word phalanx is derived from the Greek word phalanx, meaning finger. The term itself, as used today, does not refer to a distinctive military unit or division but to the general formation of an army's troops. Thus a phalanx does not have a standard combat strength or composition but includes the total number of infantry, which is or will be deployed in action in a single phalanx formation. Many spear-armed troops historically fought in what might be termed phalanx-like formations.

Definition of phalanx in the English dictionary

The first definition of phalanx in the dictionary is an ancient Greek and Macedonian battle formation of hoplites presenting long spears from behind a wall of overlapping shields. Other definition of phalanx is any closely ranked unit or mass of people. Phalanx is also a number of people united for a common purpose.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH PHALANX


Banks
bæŋks
branks
bræŋks
Fairbanks
ˈfɛəˌbæŋks
Hanks
hæŋks
Lancs
læŋks
lanx
læŋks
Manx
mæŋks
ranks
ræŋks
spindleshanks
ˈspɪndəlˌʃæŋks
thanks
θæŋks
thanx
θæŋks

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE PHALANX

phalangal
phalange
phalangeal
phalanger
phalanges
phalangid
Phalangist
phalansterian
phalansteries
phalansterism
phalansterist
phalanstery
phalarope
phalli
phallic
phallic symbol
phallically
phallicism
phallicist
phallin

WORDS THAT END LIKE PHALANX

bay lynx
Bronx
desert lynx
hypopharynx
jinx
jynx
larynx
lynx
meninx
minx
nasopharynx
oropharynx
pharynx
quincunx
salpinx
sphinx
Sphynx
syrinx
the Bronx
the Sphinx

Synonyms and antonyms of phalanx in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

Translation of «phalanx» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF PHALANX

Find out the translation of phalanx to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of phalanx from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «phalanx» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

方阵
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

falange
570 millions of speakers

English

phalanx
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

व्यूह
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

سلامى
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

фаланга
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

falange
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

বূ্যহ
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

phalange
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Phalanx
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Phalanx
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

指骨
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

방진
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Phalanx
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

quân đội
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

வியூகம்
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

फलनाक्स
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

falanj
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

falange
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

falanga
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

фаланга
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

falangă
30 millions of speakers
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Translator English - Greek

φάλαγγα
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

falanks
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

falangen
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

falanks
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of phalanx

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «PHALANX»

The term «phalanx» is quite widely used and occupies the 48.466 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «PHALANX» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about phalanx

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2 QUOTES WITH «PHALANX»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word phalanx.
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Joel Salatin
From zoning to labor to food safety to insurance, local food systems daily face a phalanx of regulatory hurdles designed and implemented to police industrial food models but which prejudicially wipe out the antidote: appropriate scaled local food systems.
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Thomas Steinbeck
My father believed, like Pericles, that a man's genius could be easily judged by the number of unenlightened fools set in phalanx against his ideas.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «PHALANX»

Discover the use of phalanx in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to phalanx and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Breaking the Phalanx: A New Design for Landpower in the 21st ...
Macgregor's study economically and convincingly makes the case for the inescapable importance of land forces in wars of the future and, no less important, in the deterrence of such wars.
Douglas A. Macgregor, 1997
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The Supreme Court Phalanx: The Court's New Right-wing Bloc
Discusses the conservative shift in the Supreme court after the appointment of John Roberts and Samuel Alito in 2005 and the effect this shift may have on constitutional law, including abortion, affirmative action, and executive power.
Ronald Dworkin, 2008
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Surgical Anatomy of the Hand and Upper Extremity
The articular surface of the base is divided into facets, consisting of two concave depressions for the two condyles of the head of the proximal phalanx. The two articular facets are separated by a dorsopalmar articular crest that corresponds to  ...
James R. Doyle, 2003
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Hand Surgery
FRACTURES OF THE THUMB Fractures of the Distal Phalanx of the Thumb Most fractures of the distal phalanx of the thumb are associated with fingertip injuries. Even though there may be loss of bone and nail, these fractures are usually ...
Richard A. Berger, Arnold-Peter C. Weiss, 2004
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The North American Phalanx (1843 - 1855): (1843 - 1855) ; a ...
This is the first full-length study of one of the most important utopian communities in antebellum America, established in 1843 outside Freehold, NJ by American followers of the French philosopher Charles Fourier.
Jayme A. Sokolow, 2009
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Rockwood and Wilkins' Fractures in Children
Terminal extensor tendon FIGURE 8-9 Anatomyaboutthedistalphalanx.A.Theskin, nail,andextensorapparatusshareacloserelationship with the bone of the distal phalanx. Specific anatomic structures at the terminal aspect of the digit are labeled ...
James H. Beaty, James R. Kasser, 2010
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Excursion of the Putnam Phalanx to Boston, Charlestown and ...
October 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th, in the Year of Our Lord 1859 Connecticut Infantry. Putnam Phalanx. they bear. We never faw, hereabout, any military thing finer than the eafe and grace of their movements as they formed and marched up Beach ...
Connecticut Infantry. Putnam Phalanx, 1859
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Reinstating the hoplite: arms, armour and phalanx fighting ...
In short, this book will quickly claim its place as one of the basic studies of ancient Greek hoplite battle.
Adam Schwartz, 2009
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Anatomy Coloring Workbook
The 27 bones that constitute the skeletal framework of the hand are distributed among three distinct regions: the wrist with carpal bones; the palm with metacarpals; and the digits with phalanges (singular, phalanx). The plate shows the bones ...
I. Edward Alcamo, 2003
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Phalanx
The next installment in the Soul Drinkers series. The Soul Drinkers have been captured by the Imperial Fists, who intend to see them put on trial on the Phalanx, the Fists' vast space fortress.
Ben Counter, 2012

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «PHALANX»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term phalanx is used in the context of the following news items.
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Militants burn PNoy effigy hours before his last SONA
At the Quirino Grandstand on Thursday, June 25, a phalanx of Manila policemen practice how to block protesters in preparation for the July 27 ... «GMA News, Jul 15»
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Barriers laid across Commonwealth Ave hours before PNoy's final …
At the Quirino Grandstand on Thursday, June 25, a phalanx of Manila policemen practice how to block protesters in preparation for the July 27 ... «GMA News, Jul 15»
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Security, no Internet and Jenner's 'three months of hell': Vanity Fair …
The shoot itself, however, with its phalanx of makeup artists, stylists, hairdressers and technical and lighting crew led by Leibovitz proved to be ... «Daily Mail, Jul 15»
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The Tao of Selma (or, the Problem With Productivity)
I can't say the same for my own son, growing up in 21st century New York City under the loving but unflagging supervision of a phalanx of educators, coaches, ... «Big Think, Jul 15»
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Riding the Rollercoaster
However, when a phalanx of PhDs at a major conference finds the term confusing and a mite worrying, the electorate needs to be suspicious. «Jakarta Post, Jul 15»
6
Sex Obsessed Infamous Leaders
Kim junior decided to resurrect his forefathers tradition after being treated for gout and was waited on by a phalanx of beautiful women. See more of : Kim Jong- ... «Times of India, Jul 15»
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Discoveries: Grand Canyon's South Rim crowded but not overbearing
... all together and take the phalanx of shuttle buses that drop people at observation points. You can enjoy modern conveniences – restaurants, ... «Sacramento Bee, Jul 15»
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Roses & Thistles: An expensive course in communications
... the public and the media rather than filtering everything through a phalanx of spokespersons working from some bureaucratic strategic plan. «DesMoinesRegister.com, Jul 15»
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Surfing the California wave
... Shasta, a heroin junkie-turned-informant (Wilson) and a missing acidhead Jewish developer last seen guarded by a phalanx of neo-Nazis. «New Zealand Herald, Jul 15»
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Interview: James Rhodes on 'playing for his life'
She had it for a month before there was any communication and when there was, it was from a phalanx of lawyers to both Rhodes and his ... «Scotsman, Jul 15»

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« EDUCALINGO. Phalanx [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/phalanx>. Jul 2019 ».
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