Phalanx vs Hallux - What's the difference?
As a proper noun phalanx
is the brand name of a radar-controlled rapid fire 20mm machine gun, the phalanx
ciws (pronounced see-wiz
), deployed on us navy ships as a last line of defense against antiship cruise missiles.
As a noun hallux is
(anatomy) the big toe.
a large group of people, animals or things, compact or closely massed, or tightly knit and united in common purpose.
* 2007 , The Guardian, [http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/story/0,,2073710,00.html]
* 2007 , The Guardian, [http://www.guardian.co.uk/freedom/Story/0,,2065311,00.html]
- There, the Paisleyites were being held back by another phalanx of soldiers and policemen.
One of the bones of the finger or toe.
An ancient Greek and Macedonian military unit that consisted of several ranks and files (lines) of soldiers in close array with joined shields and long spears.
(historical sociology) A Fourierite utopian community; a phalanstery.
- The Guardian today listed a phalanx of ministers who back the bill, including Tessa Jowell, the culture secretary, Tony McNulty, the policing minister, Andy Burnham, the junior health minister, Ian Pearson, the climate change minister, John Healey, the financial secretary to the Treasury, and Keith Hill, parliamentary private secretary to Tony Blair
* (bone of the finger) distal phalanx, intermediate phalanx, proximal phalanx
(anatomy) The big toe
* 1995 , , Byrne
- His left foot winced. The hallux nail, ill-cut, / Assailed its neighbour toe with a shrewd nip.