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ech·e·lon

 (ĕsh′ə-lŏn′)
n.
1.
a. A formation of troops in which each unit is positioned successively to the left or right of the rear unit to form an oblique or steplike line.
b. A flight formation or arrangement of craft in this manner.
c. A similar formation of groups, units, or individuals.
2. A subdivision of a military or naval force: a command echelon.
3. A level of responsibility or authority in a hierarchy; a rank: a job in the company's lower echelon.
4. Physics A special form of diffraction grating that resembles a flight of stairs of equal heights and equal widths.
tr. & intr.v. ech·e·loned, ech·e·lon·ing, ech·e·lons
To arrange or take place in an echelon.

[French échelon, from Old French eschelon, rung of a ladder, from eschiele, ladder, from Late Latin scāla, back-formation from Latin scālae, steps, ladder; see skand- in Indo-European roots.]

echelon

(ˈɛʃəˌlɒn)
n
1. a level of command, responsibility, etc (esp in the phrase the upper echelons)
2. (Military) military
a. a formation in which units follow one another but are offset sufficiently to allow each unit a line of fire ahead
b. a group formed in this way
3. (General Physics) physics a type of diffraction grating used in spectroscopy consisting of a series of plates of equal thickness arranged stepwise with a constant offset
vb
(Military) to assemble in echelon
[C18: from French échelon, literally: rung of a ladder, from Old French eschiele ladder, from Latin scāla; see scale3]

ech•e•lon

(ˈɛʃ əˌlɒn)

n.
1. a level of command, authority, or rank.
2. a stepped formation, as of troops, ships, or planes, in which individuals or elements are arranged in parallel lines, each to the right or left of the one in front.
3. one of the groups of a formation so arranged.
v.t., v.i.
4. to form in an echelon.
[1790–1800; < French échelon, orig. rung of a ladder, Old French eschelon ladder]

echelon

- Comes from French echelle, "ladder," from Latin scala, and first meant a formation of troops.
See also related terms for troops.

echelon

1. A subdivision of a headquarters, i.e., forward echelon, rear echelon.
2. Separate level of command. As compared to a regiment, a division is a higher echelon, a battalion is a lower echelon.
3. A fraction of a command in the direction of depth to which a principal combat mission is assigned; i.e., attack echelon, support echelon, reserve echelon.
4. A formation in which its subdivisions are placed one behind another, with a lateral and even spacing to the same side.

Echelon

 an arrangement of troops drawn up in parallel lines in step formation, 1796; vessels advancing in line at an angle to the direction of sailing.

echelon


Past participle: echeloned
Gerund: echeloning

Imperative
echelon
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Present
I echelon
you echelon
he/she/it echelons
we echelon
you echelon
they echelon
Preterite
I echeloned
you echeloned
he/she/it echeloned
we echeloned
you echeloned
they echeloned
Present Continuous
I am echeloning
you are echeloning
he/she/it is echeloning
we are echeloning
you are echeloning
they are echeloning
Present Perfect
I have echeloned
you have echeloned
he/she/it has echeloned
we have echeloned
you have echeloned
they have echeloned
Past Continuous
I was echeloning
you were echeloning
he/she/it was echeloning
we were echeloning
you were echeloning
they were echeloning
Past Perfect
I had echeloned
you had echeloned
he/she/it had echeloned
we had echeloned
you had echeloned
they had echeloned
Future
I will echelon
you will echelon
he/she/it will echelon
we will echelon
you will echelon
they will echelon
Future Perfect
I will have echeloned
you will have echeloned
he/she/it will have echeloned
we will have echeloned
you will have echeloned
they will have echeloned
Future Continuous
I will be echeloning
you will be echeloning
he/she/it will be echeloning
we will be echeloning
you will be echeloning
they will be echeloning
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been echeloning
you have been echeloning
he/she/it has been echeloning
we have been echeloning
you have been echeloning
they have been echeloning
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been echeloning
you will have been echeloning
he/she/it will have been echeloning
we will have been echeloning
you will have been echeloning
they will have been echeloning
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been echeloning
you had been echeloning
he/she/it had been echeloning
we had been echeloning
you had been echeloning
they had been echeloning
Conditional
I would echelon
you would echelon
he/she/it would echelon
we would echelon
you would echelon
they would echelon
Past Conditional
I would have echeloned
you would have echeloned
he/she/it would have echeloned
we would have echeloned
you would have echeloned
they would have echeloned
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.echelon - a body of troops arranged in a lineechelon - a body of troops arranged in a line
military force, military group, military unit, force - a unit that is part of some military service; "he sent Caesar a force of six thousand men"
armed forces, armed services, military, military machine, war machine - the military forces of a nation; "their military is the largest in the region"; "the military machine is the same one we faced in 1991 but now it is weaker"
2.echelon - a diffraction grating consisting of a pile of plates of equal thickness arranged stepwise with a constant offset
diffraction grating, grating - optical device consisting of a surface with many parallel grooves in it; disperses a beam of light (or other electromagnetic radiation) into its wavelengths to produce its spectrum

echelon

noun level, place, office, position, step, degree, rank, grade, tier, rung the lower echelons of society
Translations

echelon

[ˈeʃəlɒn] N (= level) → nivel m; (= degree) → grado m (Mil) → escalón m
the upper echelons of the corporationlos cuadros directivos de la compañía

echelon

[ˈɛʃəlɒn] n
(= level) [organization, society] → échelon m
the upper echelons of → les plus hauts échelons de
(MILITARY) (= formation) → échelon m

echelon

n (Mil, = formation) → Staffelung f, → Echelon m (old); the higher echelonsdie höheren Ränge pl

echelon

[ˈɛʃəˌlɒn] n
a.grado
b. (Mil) → scaglione m
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