em·​place·​ment im-ˈplā-smənt How to pronounce emplacement (audio)
: the situation or location of something
: a prepared position for weapons or military equipment
radar emplacements
: a putting into position : placement

Examples of emplacement in a Sentence

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 drill target is located at a regional significant NNW lineament that controls the emplacement of the giant Chuquicamata deposit (Figure 10). Kansas City Star, 4 June 2024 Perhaps that’s what Goddard’s emplacement is an attempt to fix. Angela Watercutter, WIRED, 5 Apr. 2024 But at the same time, military officials are talking about new technologies with the Ukrainians, including the possibility of helping with new generations of drones that could fly in swarms at Russian emplacements. Erika Solomon, New York Times, 17 Feb. 2024 On the moon, the Orientale Ring appears to be an explosive volcanic feature potentially created by a shallow emplacement of a dike. Erik Klemetti, Discover Magazine, 2 Nov. 2010 Patricia Harris Patti and I walked along arched passageways and climbed to the artillery emplacement. Patricia Harris, BostonGlobe.com, 20 Apr. 2023 When the noncompliant enemy rallied with a counteroffensive, a bleeding Davis led a small team onward, destroying gun emplacements and earning more captives, the Army said. Matt Seyler, ABC News, 3 Mar. 2023 Most of the earthquakes were between 1-5 kilometers in depth, so likely this was an emplacement of magma beneath the caldera — the question would be if that magma is eruptible or merely an intrusion at depth, a very common occurrence in a volcanically active terrane like Iceland. Erik Klemetti, Discover Magazine, 5 Oct. 2011 Chips, a combat canine serving with the 3rd Infantry Division in Sicily in 1943, became a U.S. Army legend when the dauntless dog attacked a machine gun emplacement and — despite suffering a gunshot wound — forced the garrison to surrender. Kerry J. Byrne, Fox News, 13 Mar. 2023

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1742, in the meaning defined at sense 3

Time Traveler
The first known use of emplacement was in 1742

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“Emplacement.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/emplacement. Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

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em·​place·​ment im-ˈplās-mənt How to pronounce emplacement (audio)
: a prepared position for weapons
: a putting into position : placement

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