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[em-pleys-muh nt] /ɛmˈpleɪs mənt/
Fortification. the space, platform, or the like, for a gun or battery and its accessories.
a putting in place or position; location:
the emplacement of a wall.
  1. the intrusion of igneous rocks into a particular position.
  2. 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 Unabridged
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  • The enemy then opened heavy enfilade machine-gun fire on his emplacement at a range of 400 yards.

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

    Concrete Construction Halbert P. Gillette
  • Light was breaking across the sky before the job was done, and we had still to complete the top guard of our emplacement.

    Bullets & Billets Bruce Bairnsfather
  • Eagerly they looked to discover some signs of the emplacement of the big gun.

    Air Service Boys Over The Rhine Charles Amory Beach
  • The emplacement is a small mountain in itself; the men have run out into holes.

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

  • From where we were we could see the thin columns of smoke rising, as the bullets burst before and behind the emplacement.

    The Siege of Mafeking (1900) J. Angus Hamilton.
  • We went down the slopes leading to our emplacement in the village.

  • But I had no more time than to get the emplacement dug out and the wooden framework erected.

    Q.6.a and Other places Francis Buckley
  • Some thirty yards in front of her, in an emplacement of its own, stands the 12lb.

    Ladysmith H. W. Nevinson
British Dictionary definitions for emplacement


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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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