[ 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.

Origin of épaulement

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

Words Nearby épaulement

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How to use épaulement in a sentence

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

    The British Expedition to the Crimea | William Howard Russell
  • On either side, from behindPg 136 a sandbag epaulement, a 12-pounder and a Maxim thrust forth vigilant eyes.

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

  • On the epaulement above the outer trench something moved, probably a sentry.

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  • 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.