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ECHELON

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does echelon mean? 

ECHELON (noun)
  The noun ECHELON has 2 senses:

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

  Familiarity information: ECHELON used as a noun is rare.


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ECHELON (noun)


Sense 1echelon [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A body of troops arranged in a line

Classified under:

Nouns denoting groupings of people or objects

Hypernyms ("echelon" is a kind of...):

force; military force; military group; military unit (a unit that is part of some military service)

Domain category:

armed forces; armed services; military; military machine; war machine (the military forces of a nation)


Sense 2echelon [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A diffraction grating consisting of a pile of plates of equal thickness arranged stepwise with a constant offset

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Hypernyms ("echelon" is a kind of...):

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)


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