Try Our Apps


Supposedly vs. Supposably


[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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for emplacement
Historical Examples
  • 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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
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
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for emplacement

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for emplacement

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for emplacement