One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A structure on or in which something is firmly placed.
- ‘From the top front corners of the computer terminal, small laser emplacements emerged and aimed at Saurox.’
- ‘A twisted propeller and an abandoned gun, mounted on a concrete emplacement, stand beside the memorial.’
- 1.1 A platform or defended position where a gun is placed for firing.
positioning, location, position, situation, lie, bearings, angle, placement, direction, alignment, locating, situatingView synonyms
- ‘Old World War II gun emplacements and observation towers rust and crumble silently.’
- ‘The national guard was called in and set up sandbagged machine gun emplacements downtown.’
- ‘Unit members claim that a man strolling up to the gun emplacement, spotted their observation post and ‘went for his weapon’.’
- ‘They operated up to 12 miles behind enemy lines, looking for hidden enemy targets such as artillery and mortar positions, anti-aircraft emplacements, bunker systems and storage caves.’
- ‘Meanwhile, small groups of airborne troops destroyed bridges and gun emplacements, and captured crossroads and routes inland.’
- ‘Looking out of the bus window, I saw tank traps, sandbagged trenches, tank emplacements, barbed wire, low flying copters.’
- ‘Crouching down, he could see the enemy's machine-gun emplacement.’
- ‘The captured defensive installations and stationary weapon emplacements can then be used for your side.’
- ‘His platoon, attacking heavily fortified and strategically located hostile emplacements, had been stopped by intense fire from a large bunker containing several firing posts.’
- ‘Redundant concrete gun emplacements vie with majestic mountains for the attention of tourist cameras.’
- ‘Concrete emplacements were built but they were few and far between with each emplacement having little ability to give any other covering fire.’
- ‘Throughout the map, you'll discover heavily armed bunkers, guard towers and emplacements to fend off your foes' offensives from land, sea or air.’
- ‘On each corner of the warehouses roof were sandbagged machine gun emplacements, which were manned twenty four hours a day and provided the first line in the facility's defence.’
- ‘A howitzer is a field artillery piece, used primarily to attack enemy personnel, fortifications, and artillery emplacements.’
- ‘Although already wounded, he left the comparative safety of his position and made a daring charge against the machine-gun emplacement.’
- ‘Deployment of weapons and combat hardware in emplacements reduces the probability of their detection two to three times.’
- ‘Coalition air forces also strike long-range artillery emplacements, air defense sites and surface-to-surface missile sites.’
The process or state of setting something in place or being set in place.
- ‘The model therefore ignores the effects of any horizontal loads that might arise as a consequence of ophiolite emplacement.’
- ‘The scarcity of evidence from magmatic fabrics for granite emplacement during regional shortening may reflect the general persistence of deformation to sub-solidus states.’
- ‘The abundance of magmatic layering in this granite affords an unusual glimpse of early emplacement processes.’
- ‘Of these, only the emplacement and structure of the Strontian Granite has been studied in detail.’
- ‘In both cases, the sequence of events started with extensional basin magmatism and culminated in emplacement of plutons, passing through basin subsidence.’
- ‘In some instances, there is clear evidence for the accompanying emplacement of mantle-derived mafic magmas, providing a source for the anomalous heating.’
- ‘They probably represent the time of igneous emplacement of the granitic source rocks.’
- ‘The development of extensional and shear fractures in volcanic areas is usually related to magma emplacement at shallow crustal levels.’
- ‘However, this mode of emplacement is contradictory to well-established ideas for Archaean granites in the Zimbabwe craton.’
- ‘However, the emplacement of these granites is still poorly constrained.’
Early 19th century: from French, from em- ‘in’ + place ‘a place’.
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