1. Fortification. the space, platform, or the like, for a gun or battery and its accessories.
  2. a putting in place or position; location: the emplacement of a wall.
  3. Geology.
    1. the intrusion of igneous rocks into a particular position.
    2. the development of an ore deposit in a particular place.


  1. a prepared position for the siting of a gun or other weapon
  2. the act of putting or state of being put in place

1802, from French emplacement “place, situation,” from emplacer (16c.), from en- “in” (see en- (1)) + placer “to place” (see place (v.)). Gunnery sense attested from 1811.

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