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esplanade

[es-pluh-nahd, -neyd, es-pluh-nahd, -neyd] /ˈɛs pləˌnɑd, -ˌneɪd, ˌɛs pləˈnɑd, -ˈneɪd/
noun
1.
any open, level space, especially one serving for public walks or drives.
Origin
1675-1685
1675-85; < French < Italian spianata, noun use of feminine past participle of spianare < Latin explānāre to level; see -ade
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Examples for esplanade
  • Wright cantilevered the esplanade roofs off of surprisingly-shaped supports on one side.
  • On my visit, the vast esplanade leading to the basilica and site of the mystical appearance was quiet.
  • The contractor will cut and remove all designated and marked spots from the power house to the end of the esplanade down stream.
  • Installation of temporary shoring for the esplanade wing walls until a new wing wall anchor system is constructed.
British Dictionary definitions for esplanade

esplanade

/ˌɛspləˈneɪd; -ˈnɑːd/
noun
1.
a long open level stretch of ground for walking along, esp beside the seashore Compare promenade (sense 1)
2.
an open area in front of a fortified place, in which attackers are exposed to the defenders' fire
Word Origin
C17: from French, from Old Italian spianata, from spianare to make level, from Latin explānāre; see explain
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Word Origin and History for esplanade
esplanade
1591, from Fr. esplanade, from Sp. esplanada "large level area," from esplanar "make level," from L. explanare "to level" (see explain).
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