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[em-pleys-muh nt]
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  1. Fortification. the space, platform, or the like, for a gun or battery and its accessories.
  2. a putting in place or position; location: the emplacement of a wall.
  3. Geology.
    1. the intrusion of igneous rocks into a particular position.
    2. the development of an ore deposit in a particular place.
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Origin of emplacement

1795–1805; < French, equivalent to obsolete emplac(er) to place (em- em-1 + placer to place) + -ment -ment
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Historical Examples

  • All the sand for the fill around the emplacement was obtained in the same way.

    Concrete Construction

    Halbert P. Gillette

  • It has a Palazzo Ducale most remarkable in its architecture and its emplacement.

  • They were commanded by de Villiers, who dashed for the emplacement of gun.

  • Eagerly they looked to discover some signs of the emplacement of the big gun.

  • By way of retaliation, I leaned over and shot at what looked like an emplacement.

British Dictionary definitions for emplacement


  1. a prepared position for the siting of a gun or other weapon
  2. the act of putting or state of being put in place
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Word Origin

C19: from French, from obsolete emplacer to put in position, from place
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Word Origin and History for emplacement


1802, from French emplacement "place, situation," from emplacer (16c.), from en- "in" (see en- (1)) + placer "to place" (see place (v.)). Gunnery sense attested from 1811.

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