[ em-pleys-muhnt ]
See synonyms for emplacement on Thesaurus.com
  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.

  1. Geology.

    • the intrusion of igneous rocks into a particular position.

    • the development of an ore deposit in a particular place.

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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How to use emplacement in a sentence

  • Nobody cared about left-hand Gun Hill; he was only a 47 howitzer; every glass was clamped on the big yellow emplacement.

  • In the meantime he has had his gun's name, "Lady Ellen," neatly carved on a stone and put up on his emplacement.

  • Mattia did not show himself until the soldiers began preparing an emplacement for their gun.

British Dictionary definitions for emplacement


/ (ɪmˈpleɪsmənt) /

  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

Origin of emplacement

C19: from French, from obsolete emplacer to put in position, from place

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