Definition of Echelon

1. Noun. A body of troops arranged in a line.




2. Noun. A diffraction grating consisting of a pile of plates of equal thickness arranged stepwise with a constant offset.
Generic synonyms: Diffraction Grating, Grating

Definition of Echelon

1. n. An arrangement of a body of troops when its divisions are drawn up in parallel lines each to the right or the left of the one in advance of it, like the steps of a ladder in position for climbing. Also used adjectively; as, echelon distance.

2. v. t. To place in echelon; to station divisions of troops in echelon.

3. v. i. To take position in echelon.

Definition of Echelon

1. Proper noun. an international SIGINT network to monitor and gather intelligence from satellite trunk communications ¹

2. Noun. A level or rank in an organization, profession, or society. ¹

3. Noun. (military) A formation of troops, ships, etc. in diagonal parallel rows. ¹

4. Verb. To form troops into an echelon. ¹

5. Noun. (alternative form of echelon) ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Echelon

1. to group in a particular formation [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Echelon

1. To place in echelon; to station divisions of troops in echelon. 1. An arrangement of a body of troops when its divisions are drawn up in parallel lines each to the right or the left of the one in advance of it, like the steps of a ladder in position for climbing. Also used adjectively; as, echelon distance. 2. An arrangement of a fleet in a wedge or form. Echelon lens, a large lens constructed in several parts or layers, extending in a succession of annular rings beyond the central lens; used in lighthouses. Origin: F, fr. Echelle ladder, fr. L. Scala. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Echelon

ecgonine
ecgonine benzoate
ecgonines
ech
echage
echappe
echappes
echard
echards
eche
eched
echelle
echelle grating
echelle gratings
echelles
echelon (current term)
echeloned
echeloning
echelons
echeosis
eches
echeveria
echeverias
echidna
echidnae
echidnas
echidnine
echin-
echinacea
echinaceas

Literary usage of Echelon

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1. The Elements of War by Isaac Maltby (1811)
"When troops advance in echelon, they almost invariably adopt the ordinary time." " echelon movements or positions are not only necessary and applicable to ..."

2. Spectroscopy by Edward Charles Cyril Baly (1905)
"The echelon spectroscope is similar to any ordinary spectrometer, in that it possesses a collimator and telescope; it is, as will readily be seen from what ..."

3. National Militia Standard, Embracing the Discipline of Infantry, Light by Pierce Darrow (1822)
"echelon MOVEMENTS. echelon, the particular definition of which may be found in No. 12. Part i. and a detail of the different echelon movements and their use ..."

4. Report of the Annual Meeting (1908)
"Note on the echelon Spectroscope and the Resolution of the Green Mercury Line, ... Results obtained recently by different observers with echelon ..."

5. The Battle of Gettysburg: A Comprehensive Narrative by Jesse Bowman Young (1913)
"An echelon line or movement involves a formation in which the unit of manoeuver — in this case a bri- 1 Hill's corps, RH Anderson's division, ..."

6. Tactics by William Balck (1914)
"echelon Tactics: The French Cavalry Drill Regulations of 1899 say in paragraph ... "The echelon formation is not only advantageous when our fighting line ..."

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