What does the word phalanx mean?

Usage examples for phalanx

  1. In early winter the wild ducks fly overhead in a wedge- shaped phalanx, and by and by they pair, and if disturbed start up with a sudden quack, quack from the copse- wood pond. – John Keble's Parishes by Charlotte M Yonge
  2. The evergreens are marshalled in serried ranks, spire above spire, like a phalanx of German soldiers clad in their green coats, their spiked helmets gleaming in the evening light. – See America First by Orville O. Hiestand
  3. I defy the honorable gentleman; I defy the government; I defy their whole phalanx; let them come forth. – The American Union Speaker by John D. Philbrick