Definition of emplacement in English:

emplacement

Syllabification: em·place·ment
Pronunciation: /emˈplāsmənt
 
/

noun

  • 1A structure on or in which something is firmly placed.
    More example sentences
    • 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.
    More example sentences
    • 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.
    More example sentences
    • 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.

Derivatives

emplace

verb
More 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.

Origin

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

More definitions of emplacement

Definition of emplacement in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day coloratura
Pronunciation: ˌkələrəˈto͝orə
noun
elaborate ornamentation of a vocal melody