- Military. to spread out (troops) so as to form an extended front or line.
- to arrange in a position of readiness, or to move strategically or appropriately: to deploy a battery of new missiles.
- to spread out strategically or in an extended front or line.
- to come into a position ready for use: the plane can't land unless the landing gear deploys.
Origin of deploy
Examples from the Web for deployment
Last week, Obama announced the deployment of 3,000 troops to Liberia to provide support to those fighting the disease.Obama Warns UN of Looming Ebola ‘Catastrophe’
September 25, 2014
If the technology works well, secrecy can inhibit its deployment.Is the Pentagon’s $55 Billion Stealth Bomber Too Big a Secret?
September 22, 2014
During that deployment, as an adviser, I met with Iraqi counterparts weekly, sometimes more.The View of Iraq From Troops in Afghanistan
June 25, 2014
Talabani told The Daily Beast that the Peshmerga deployment to Kirkuk was actually approved by Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.‘Practically Speaking, Iraq Has Broken Apart’
June 16, 2014
When we lost another officer to an IED late in the deployment, we shrugged our shoulders.Mosul's Civilization and Its Discontents
June 14, 2014
The deployment of the approaching Earth fleet was almost as he had expected it would be.The Highest Treason
Action of brigade and regimental commanders in deployment of division.Manual of Military Training
James A. Moss
The order for deployment must be given whilst the troops are in rapid motion.Cavalry in Future Wars
Frederick von Bernhardi.
If deployment was the answer to that, it was certainly there—to a degree, at least.
Deployment was supposed to be the significant factor, there.
- to adopt or cause to adopt a battle formation, esp from a narrow front formation
- (tr) to redistribute (forces) to or within a given area
Word Origin and History for deployment
1796, from French déploiement, from déployer (see deploy).
1786 as a military word, from French déployer "unroll, unfold," from Old French desploiier "unfold," from Latin displicare "unfold, scatter," from dis- (see dis-) + plicare "to fold" see ply (v.1)). "In its AFr. form regularly adopted in ME as desplay" [OED]. Related: Deployed; deploying.