emplace

verb
em·​place | \ im-ˈplās How to pronounce emplace (audio) \
emplaced; emplacing; emplaces

Definition of emplace

transitive verb

: to put into position missiles emplaced around the city

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Examples of emplace in a Sentence

the plan is to emplace more guns on the ridge north of the camp
Recent Examples on the Web The state Transportation Department is offering to produce and emplace roadside memorials as a way to keep highways free of roadside safety hazards. USA TODAY, "Surfboard proposal, Duke dorm opossum, Sky Bar’s back: News from around our 50 states," 15 Nov. 2019 Older mine-hunting systems typically involved putting human divers or even marine mammals into the water to check out suspected mines, then emplacing explosives to destroy them at a distance. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Navy Takes Another Successful Step Toward Mine-Hunting Robots," 10 Sep. 2019 Mines are munitions that are emplaced on the battlefield in order to modify enemy behavior. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Army Is Building a Smarter Land Mine," 16 July 2019 Mines are munitions that are emplaced on the battlefield in order to modify enemy behavior. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Army Is Building a Smarter Land Mine," 16 July 2019 Consider such a system of anti-tank munitions emplaced in the path of an oncoming enemy tank force. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Army Is Trying to Design a Civilian-Safe Land Mine," 14 Nov. 2018 How do such large lava flows get emplaced on the ocean floor? Erik Klemetti, WIRED, "“Largest Volcano on Earth”? It Is All About Timing," 6 Sep. 2013

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First Known Use of emplace

circa 1627, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for emplace

back-formation from emplacement

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The first known use of emplace was circa 1627

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Cite this Entry

“Emplace.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/emplace. Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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