Echelon meaning

ĕshə-lŏn
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A subdivision of a military or naval force.

A command echelon.

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A level of responsibility or authority in a hierarchy; a rank.

A job in the company's lower echelon.

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(physics) A special form of diffraction grating that resembles a flight of stairs of equal heights and equal widths.
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To arrange or take place in an echelon.
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Echelon is defined as the level that someone or something has attained.

An example of echelon is the President and his cabinet, the upper echelons of the political environment.

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Any of the units in such a formation.
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A subdivision of a military force, according to position [rear echelon] or to function [command echelon]
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To assemble, or assume position, in echelon.
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A system operated by the United States National Security Agency (NSA), Echelon reportedly eavesdrops on approximately three billion conversations a day in defense of national security. Echelon apparently can tap any electromagnetic transmission system, including fiber optics, anywhere on the globe. See also wiretap.
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A level or rank in an organization, profession, or society.
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(military) A formation of troops, ships, etc. in diagonal parallel rows.
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To form troops into an echelon.
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Origin of 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 skand- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • French échelon, from échelle (“ladder”).

    From Wiktionary