[pleys-muh nt]
  1. the act of placing.
  2. the state of being placed.
  3. the act of an employment office or employer in filling a position.
  4. location; arrangement: the placement of furniture.
  5. Football.
    1. the placing of the ball on the ground in attempting a place kick.
    2. the position of the ball.
    3. a place kick.
    4. a score made by a place kick: Jones made 43 consecutive placements last season.
  6. (in tennis, badminton, handball, etc.) a winning shot in which the ball or shuttlecock is so hit that one's opponent is unable to return it.

Origin of placement

First recorded in 1835–45; place + -ment
Related formspre·place·ment, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for pre-placement


  1. the act of placing or the state of being placed
  2. arrangement or position
  3. the process or business of finding employment
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Word Origin and History for pre-placement



1835, from place (v.) + -ment.

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