echelon


echelon
echelon [esh′ə län΄]
n.
[Fr échelon, ladder rung < échelle < OFr eschelle < L scala, ladder: see SCALE1]
1.
a) a steplike formation of ships or troops, in which each unit is slightly to the left or right of the one preceding it
b) a similar formation of aircraft with each step at a higher or lower level
2. any of the units in such a formation
3. a subdivision of a military force, according to position [rear echelon] or to function [command echelon]
4.
a) any of the levels of responsibility or importance in an organization
b) the persons at one of these levels
vt., vi.
to assemble, or assume position, in echelon

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