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[French ey-pohl-mahn]
noun, plural é·paule·ments [French ey-pohl-mahn] /French eɪ poʊlˈmɑ̃/. Ballet.
  1. a position in which the shoulders are at right angles to the direction of the supporting leg, with one shoulder thrust forward and one back.
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Origin of épaulement

1680–90; < French, equivalent to épaule (see epaulet) + -ment -ment
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Historical Examples

  • For the second has landed just over and behind the epaulement.

    From Capetown to Ladysmith

    G. W. Steevens

  • We fortified the post by an epaulement or two for cannon, high up on the hillside covering the ferry and the road up New River.

  • Epaulement, e-pawl′ment, n. a side-work of a battery or earthwork to protect it from a flanking fire.

  • Here he made a full stop, and the old gentleman repeated the question, "But pray what is an epaulement?"

  • Some of the enemy, advancing from the epaulement, proceeded in pursuit, but were checked by the apparition of the Guards.