em·​place·​ment | \ im-ˈplā-smənt How to pronounce emplacement (audio) \

Definition of emplacement

1 : the situation or location of something
2 : a prepared position for weapons or military equipment radar emplacements
3 : a putting into position : placement

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secret emplacement of missiles on the island the emplacement of the house, which is between two hulking mansions, makes it seem smaller than it is
Recent Examples on the Web The plant is in the second phase of resuming normal operations after having slowed the emplacement of waste this spring when the pandemic began, said spokesperson Bobby St. John. USA TODAY, "Black rodeo, Seth Meyers, game plans: News from around our 50 states," 17 Aug. 2020 Ties between the northeastern neighbors nosedived in 2017 after Seoul accepted the emplacement of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, system in southern South Korea. Washington Post, "China, South Korea look to improve ties with Beijing summit," 23 Dec. 2019 This quick-hardening ability allowed the French Army to build gun emplacements quickly in the first world war, and could have helped fortify rebel defenses on Hoth. Alastair Marsh, Quartz, "The tactics and tools that saved the Rebel Alliance are surprisingly terrestrial," 29 Dec. 2019 The base is built into subterranean caves, but concrete is still needed for the roofs and floors of the spacecraft hangars, and the defensive laser cannon emplacements. Alastair Marsh, Quartz, "The tactics and tools that saved the Rebel Alliance are surprisingly terrestrial," 29 Dec. 2019 The other exhibit is outdoors in what was once an artillery emplacement. Carl Nolte, SFChronicle.com, "Golden Gate Bridge: The best 1.2 miles you’ll ever walk, but save it for a foggy day," 21 Sep. 2019 And yet, at the end of the manicured lawn, steps lead abruptly down into the austere post-revolutionary world, with reinforced trenches and gun emplacements. Tony Perrottet, WSJ, "A Weirdly Fascinating Cold-War Tour of Havana," 20 Nov. 2018 Captured from the French Army, the guns were reportedly in hardened emplacements overlooking a section of beach designated by landing forces as Omaha. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Watch U.S. Army Rangers Scale The Same Cliff Their Forebears Did on D-Day," 6 June 2019 As my 14-year-old son, Anders, scampered up a metal ladder to the gun emplacements at Ft. Brian E. Clark, latimes.com, "Military history, scenic state parks and tasty shelfish make for a rich weekend escape on Whidbey lsland, Wash.," 14 June 2018

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First Known Use of emplacement

1742, in the meaning defined at sense 3

History and Etymology for emplacement

French, from Middle French emplacer to emplace, from en- + place

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The first known use of emplacement was in 1742

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20 Aug 2020

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“Emplacement.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/emplacement. Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of emplacement

: a position that is specially prepared for a weapon
: the act of putting something (such as a weapon) into position

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