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Definition 1: a diffraction grating consisting of a pile of plates of equal thickness arranged stepwise with a constant offset - [noun denoting artifact]

(echelon is a kind of ...) 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

Definition 2: a body of troops arranged in a line - [noun denoting group]

(echelon is a kind of ...) a unit that is part of some military service

"he sent Caesar a force of six thousand men"

(echelon belongs to category ...) the military forces of a nation

"their military is the largest in the region" "the military machine is the same one we faced in 1991 but now it is weaker"

Definition 3: status in a society or organization - [noun denoting state]

Samples where echelon or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the upper echelon

(echelon is a kind of ...) the relative position or standing of things or especially persons in a society

"he had the status of a minor" "the novel attained the status of a classic" "atheists do not enjoy a favorable position in American life"

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