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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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 next artillery emplacement in the city was inspired by one of the most obscure campaigns of the Civil War. Gary Kamiya, San Francisco Chronicle, 20 Aug. 2021 One song had to be composed on a sandbag, by candlelight, in a disused mortar emplacement. Anthony Lan, The New Yorker, 5 July 2021 And at 10:59 am, Henry Nicholas Gunther of Baltimore—once a supply sergeant, recently busted back to private—charged alone toward a German emplacement, leveling a rifle. Maryn Mckenna, Wired, 31 Dec. 2020 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, 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, 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, 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, 29 Dec. 2019 The other exhibit is outdoors in what was once an artillery emplacement. Carl Nolte, SFChronicle.com, 21 Sep. 2019

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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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“Emplacement.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/emplacement. Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

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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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