1.1A platform or defended position where a gun is placed for firing.
- 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.
- 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.
- Example sentences
- 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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