browse words by letter
a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z
echelon

more about echelon

echelon


  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Echelon  \Ech"e*lon\  ([e^]sh"e*l[o^]n),  n.  [F.,  fr  ['e]chelle 
  ladder,  fr  L.  scala.] 
  1.  (Mil.)  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.  --Upton  (Tactics). 
 
  2.  (Naval)  An  arrangement  of  a  fleet  in  a  wedge  or  V 
  formation.  --Encyc.  Dict. 
 
  {Echelon  lens}  (Optics),  a  large  lens  constructed  in  several 
  parts  or  layers,  extending  in  a  succession  of  annular 
  rings  beyond  the  central  lens;  --  used  in  lighthouses. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Echelon  \Ech"e*lon\,  v.  t.  (Mil.) 
  To  place  in  echelon;  to  station  divisions  of  troops  in 
  echelon. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Echelon  \Ech"e*lon\,  v.  i. 
  To  take  position  in  echelon. 
 
  Change  direction  to  the  left  echelon  by  battalion  from 
  the  right  --Upton 
  (Tactics). 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  echelon 
  n  1:  a  body  of  troops  arranged  in  a  line 
  2:  a  diffraction  grating  consisting  of  a  pile  of  plates  of 
  equal  thickness  arranged  stepwise  with  a  constant  offset 




more about echelon