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Below you will find the definition of echelon, followed by 42 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(noun) - a diffraction grating consisting of a pile of plates of equal thickness arranged stepwise with a constant offset
EXAMPLES - Echelon in a Sentence
- Do they belong in the highest echelon too, or are they just too weird? (source)
- Council chiefs said the current angled "echelon" parking on Eastney Espl (source)
- We have to get better to get to that top echelon, which is what our goal is. (source)
- The small number of women who make it to that top echelon didn't get there on their own. (source)
- It's called echelon plowing, where the trucks are staggered across the highway clearing snow. (source)
- Mine did too, but I read some of the papers where my upper-echelon colleagues had learned their trade. (source)
- Her estimated $300,000 in revenue this year will put her in the upper echelon of black-owned enterprises. (source)
- It clearly shows the culpability of the next command echelon, which is just as great as that of the pilots. (source)
- * Note: the name echelon itself refers to a "signals intelligence (SIGINT) collection and analysis network." (source)
- Whether Maryland (5-2 overall) is good enough to compete with the upper echelon of the ACC is another matter. (source)
- Between beeps, we ragged on the upper echelon who don't understand or value those who shlep for dreams and dollars. (source)
- The management echelon, that is from Director upwards, consists of 11 people. 55% of these are African, 0% coloured. (source)
- Barring a trade for an upper-echelon wideout, Thomas and Kelly appear to be the Redskins 'best options at the position. (source)
- Notre Dame isn't exactly in the upper echelon of college football's elite as they've been throughout much of their history. (source)
- The term "echelon" means, literally, "steps", or a zig-zag formation of columns, such as is shown in sketch Number 2, where the (source)
- WHAT WENT WRONG: When it came right down to it, the Griffs just went good enough to beat the upper-echelon teams of the conference. (source)
- At the time, OASIA had a reputation as a rich-in-tradition, upper-echelon bureaucracy with an experienced career staff, much like USAID. (source)
- I figured if they were auditioning the likes of me, the guy playing the dad was probably of the same echelon, that is, a nearbody nearly nobody. (source)
- Now that he's 58 (!), maybe Sting's starting to believe his rightful place in the music universe isn't merely in the upper echelon of the rock pantheon. (source)
- It affected my business in the next echelon because my customers were injured; I was injured and as they began to go out of business my business suffered. (source)
- Upsetting high-echelon hacks was no longer in his affordable luxuries column, as he didn't know who he might end up begging in front of once he got out of here. (source)
- Besides, in many cases, what you see as a privilege reserved for the rarefied echelon of the golden child might actually be the hard-earned result of skillful influence. (source)
- In Personnel they were testing, checking, and screening the usual mass of job applicants ... clerks, craftsmen, specialists, middle bracket executives, top echelon experts. (source)
- Conventional wisdom tells us that Chopin was a fine piano composer whose salon sentimentality and florid style held him back from the uppermost echelon of writers for the keyboard. (source)
- Joseph Yam to join its board, a move reflecting the growing importance of the Swiss bank's Asian business that analysts said may also help to deepen trust in the bank's top echelon. (source)
- But in all the buzz about Newt Gingrich's meteoric rise to the top echelon of the Republican field, something unprecedented and wholly unexpected happened: The Christian right cracked. (source)
- His importance will be measured not just in his individual achievements, but in the way he lifted a team, relatively new to international cricket, from mediocrity to the highest echelon. (source)
- Notably, the income of the population's top tier is six times larger on average than the income of the those people in the lowest echelon, meaning it is in excess of 36,000 euros per annum. (source)
- In the 20 (!) years that Duke has been in the top echelon of college teams, there have only been three players that have stood out at all in the pros: Grant Hill, Carlos Boozer, and Shane Battier. (source)
- In order, as it would seem, to keep a fighting formation that would impose respect on the bands of Dervishes on the Kerreri Hills, he adopted the formation known as echelon of brigades from the left. (source)
- I was not overly impressed with the one book of hers I chose to read for the Classics Circuit, and I can definitely see a sense that to be part of the upper echelon of society was very important to Heyer. (source)
- Columbia looked a bit tired and finished a disappointing fifth, reversing the gains Kim Kirchen and Mick Rogers made in yesterday's amazing "echelon" finish and pushing Tony Martin down out of the top five. (source)
- Working with inexperienced running backs, a group of wide receivers not considered among the league's upper echelon, and an offensive line undergoing an overhaul, McNabb has helped the Redskins (3-3) split their first six games. (source)
- The grand parties of the twenties only roared for a certain echelon of society, and there was a whole segment that was virtually untouched by the depressionwhich in itself was experienced in different ways on either side of the Atlantic. (source)
- Even if the upper echelon is motivated to try to keep the shop clean, a police union operates in the opposite direction: its job, of course, is to defend its members, no matter how discreditable their conduct, and police associations have done a spectacular job of it. (source)
- The Sabolenko house will soon join more than 5,000 other homes expected to be built, repaired and rehabilitated in the U.S. this year by a well-known addition to the upper echelon of America's largest home builders: the nonprofit group Habitat for Humanity International. (source)
- "I wanted to make it plain," he explained, "that the President of the United States, and not the second or third echelon in the State Department, is responsible for making foreign policy, and, furthermore, that no one in any department can sabotage the President's policy." (source)
- "The people that we went out and interviewed were not gophers - people who were simply sent out on missions and had no idea who was sending them or why - nor was it the upper echelon, which is to say whomever the leadership may have been on the loyalist side or nationalist side. (source)
- Dear boy, why would anyone in their right mind invest in an American company when it is practically guaranteed its CEO, board of directors and top echelon executives will suck all the cream off the top in the form of excessive salaries, incomprehensible bonuses and golden parachutes? (source)
- The Khost bombing was carried out by a suspected double agent, Jordanian physician Humam Khalil Mohammed, who convinced Jordanian and U.S. intelligence officials he would lead them to the top echelon of al Qaeda, including the terror network's second-in-command, Egyptian Ayman al-Zawahiri. (source)
- I remained there, placing the boats which I had brought up with me, containing Bashi-Bazouks under command of Yahia Bey, who is an excellent officer, in echelon across the stream, in which position they could command a very considerable length of the ford, which extends for about a mile, and support one another in case of an attempt at a forced passage. (source)
- While the ARCT-10, like her sister ships in the Exploratory and Evaluation Corps, had a basic administrative and operations personnel who were ship-born and ship-bred, the complement of additional specialists, trainees and, occasionally, high echelon travelers for the Federated Sentient Planets changed continually, giving the ship-bred the stimulation of meeting members of other cultures, sub-groups, minorities and persuasions. (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 42 example sentences provided below is 51.0, which suggests that "echelon" is a fairly difficult word that is likely understood by a majority of individuals with an undergraduate degree, and may be found in ocassionaly in news articles or other forms of literature.
We have 12 synonyms for echelon.
degree, file, grade, line, office, place, position, queue, rank, row, string, tier
We have 1 antonym for echelon.
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
View up to 25 definitions of echelon from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (noun) 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.
- (noun) A flight formation or arrangement of craft in this manner.
- (noun) A similar formation of groups, units, or individuals.
- (noun) A subdivision of a military or naval force: a command echelon.
- (noun) A level of responsibility or authority in a hierarchy; a rank: a job in the company's lower echelon.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (noun) A level or rank in an organization, profession, or society.
- (noun) A formation of troops, ships, etc. in diagonal parallel rows.
- (verb) To form troops into an echelon.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (noun) 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.
- (noun) An arrangement of a fleet in a wedge or V form.
- (verb-transitive) To place in echelon; to station divisions of troops in echelon.
- (verb-intransitive) To take position in echelon.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (noun) A step-like arrangement or order; specifically, a military disposition of troops of such a nature that each division, brigade, regiment, company, or other body occupies a position parallel to, but not in the same alinement with, that in front, thus presenting the appearance of steps, and capable of being formed into one line by moving each of the less advanced divisions, etc., forward until they all aline.
- (None) To form in echelon.
- (noun) Milit., one of the subdivisions of a command marching in echelon.
- (noun) In optics, a set of glass plates placed one upon another, with the edge of each projecting slightly, stepwise, beyond the edge of the preceding one. The device, which is due to A. A. Michelson, is used for the production of diffraction spectra of high dispersion and resolving power.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (noun) a diffraction grating consisting of a pile of plates of equal thickness arranged stepwise with a constant offset
- (noun) a body of troops arranged in a line