- A compact or close-knit body of people: "formed a solid phalanx in defense of the Constitution and Protestant religion” ( G.M. Trevelyan). (noun)
- A formation of infantry carrying overlapping shields and long spears, developed by Philip II of Macedon and used by Alexander the Great. (noun)
- Anatomy A bone of a finger or toe. Also called phalange. (noun)
- See phalanstery. (noun)
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