Definition of emplacement in English:

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Pronunciation: /əmˈplāsmənt/


1A structure on or in which something is firmly placed.
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  • A twisted propeller and an abandoned gun, mounted on a concrete emplacement, stand beside the memorial.
  • From the top front corners of the computer terminal, small laser emplacements emerged and aimed at Saurox.
1.1A platform or defended position where a gun is placed for firing.
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  • They operated up to 12 miles behind enemy lines, looking for hidden enemy targets such as artillery and mortar positions, anti-aircraft emplacements, bunker systems and storage caves.
  • Unit members claim that a man strolling up to the gun emplacement, spotted their observation post and ‘went for his weapon’.
  • His platoon, attacking heavily fortified and strategically located hostile emplacements, had been stopped by intense fire from a large bunker containing several firing posts.
2chiefly Geology The process or state of setting something in place or being set in place.
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  • In both cases, the sequence of events started with extensional basin magmatism and culminated in emplacement of plutons, passing through basin subsidence.
  • In some instances, there is clear evidence for the accompanying emplacement of mantle-derived mafic magmas, providing a source for the anomalous heating.
  • The scarcity of evidence from magmatic fabrics for granite emplacement during regional shortening may reflect the general persistence of deformation to sub-solidus states.



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  • In a theater of operations, theater commanders have the authority to emplace obstacles.
  • Parts of Sri Lanka are infested with buried explosives emplaced during two decades of civil war.
  • We have to depend upon scatterable mines emplaced by the Volcano system.


Early 19th century: from French, from em- 'in' + place 'a place'.

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Syllabification: em·place·ment

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