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Eagle Tweet Definition of Eagle Like Definition of Eagle on Facebook
proper noun
  1. The landing unit of Apollo 11.
earthwork Tweet Definition of earthwork Like Definition of earthwork on Facebook
noun
  1. Any structure made from earth; especially an embankment or rampart used as a fortification
echelon Tweet Definition of echelon Like Definition of echelon on Facebook
noun
  1. A level or rank in an organization, profession, or society.
  2. (military) A formation of troops, ships, etc. in parallel rows with the end of each row projecting further than the one in front.
verbto echelon
  1. To form troops into an echelon
effective Tweet Definition of effective Like Definition of effective on Facebook
adjective
  1. Having the power to produce an effect or effects;
  2. producing a decided or decisive effect;
  3. efficient, serviceable, or operative;
    • as an force, remedy, speech;
      1. actually in effect
    • The curfew is at midnight.
ejector Tweet Definition of ejector Like Definition of ejector on Facebook
noun
  1. One who, or that which, ejects or dispossesses.
  2. (Mech.) A jet jump for lifting water or withdrawing air from a space. It´s user to suck vapors or air. {Ejector condenser} (Steam Engine), a condenser in which the vacuum is maintained by a jet pump.
  3. ejector seat: a pilot's seat in an airplane that can be forcibly ejected in the case of an emergency; then the pilot descends by parachute.
  4. That part of the mechanism of a breech-loading firearm which ejects the empty shell.
  5. A lever for removing circuit boards from an electronic chassis.
Em Tweet Definition of Em Like Definition of Em on Facebook
proper noun
  1. Shortening of the given name Emily.
Auntie , Auntie ...
abbreviation
  1. exametre, exameter
enfilade Tweet Definition of enfilade Like Definition of enfilade on Facebook
noun
  1. gunfire directed along the length of a target
  2. (architecture) a series of doors that provide a vista when open
verb (enfilad, ing)
  1. (transitive) to rake something with gunfire
engine Tweet Definition of engine Like Definition of engine on Facebook
noun
  1. A mechanical device used to produce rotation to move vehicle or otherwise provide the force needed to generate kinetic energy.
  2. A powered locomotive used for pulling cars on railways.
  3. A person or group of people which influence a larger group.
  4. informal: the brain or heart.
engineer Tweet Definition of engineer Like Definition of engineer on Facebook
noun
  1. A person who is qualified or professionally engaged in any branch of engineering.
  2. A person who, given a problem and a specific set of goals and constraints, finds a technical solution to the problem that satisfies those goals within those constraints. The goals and constraints may be technical, social, or business related.
  3. (formerly) A person who operates an engine (such as a locomotive).
verb
  1. (transitive) To design, construct or manage something as an engineer.
  2. (transitive) To alter or construct something by means of genetic engineering.
  3. (transitive) To plan or achieve some goal by contrivance or guile; to wangle or finagle.
enlistment Tweet Definition of enlistment Like Definition of enlistment on Facebook
noun
  1. Voluntary service based on an individuals' desire to serve a cause.
ensign Tweet Definition of ensign Like Definition of ensign on Facebook
noun
  1. The lowest grade of commissioned officer in the United States Navy, junior to a lieutenant junior grade.
  2. A flag or banner carried by military units. See standard, color, colour.
  3. The principal flag or banner flown by a ship to indicate nationality.
  4. A junior commissioned officer in the 18th and 19th Centuries whose duty was to carry the unit's ensign.
  5. A prominent flag or banner.
Ten thousand thousand ensigns high advanced. -Milton, Paradise Lost.
Enterprise Tweet Definition of Enterprise Like Definition of Enterprise on Facebook
proper noun
  1. the name of a series of starships in the Star Trek television and movie series.
  2. the name of one of the US Space Shuttles
  3. the name of two US Navy aircraft carriers
envelopment Tweet Definition of envelopment Like Definition of envelopment on Facebook
noun
  1. The act of enveloping
  1. (military) An offensive action in which an attacking force moves over or around the enemy and attacks from the rear; see also pincer movement
  2. (fencing) An action to seize the opponent's blade in one line and lead it (without losing contact) through a full circle to end in the same line
epaulet Tweet Definition of epaulet Like Definition of epaulet on Facebook
noun
  1. A decoration or flourish worn on the shoulders, as on a uniform.
escadrille Tweet Definition of escadrille Like Definition of escadrille on Facebook
noun
  1. A small squadron.
  2. A unit of (usually) ten or more aircraft in World War I France.
escort Tweet Definition of escort Like Definition of escort on Facebook
noun
  1. A body of armed men to attend a person of distinction for the sake of affording safety when on a journey; one who conducts some one as an attendant; a guard, as of prisoners on a march; also, a body of persons, attending as a mark of respect or honor; -- applied to movements on land, as convoy is to movements at sea.
The troops of my marched at the ordinary rate. -Burke.
  1. Protection, care, or safeguard on a journey or excursion; as, to travel under the escort of a friend.
  2. A Ford Escort
verb
  1. To attend with a view to guard and protect; to accompany as safeguard; to give honorable or ceremonious attendance to; -- used esp. with reference to journeys or excursions on land; as, to escort a public functionary, or a lady; to escort a baggage wagon.
evacuation Tweet Definition of evacuation Like Definition of evacuation on Facebook
noun
  1. The act of emptying, clearing of the contents, or discharging.
  2. Withdrawal of troops from a town, fortress, etc.
  3. Voidance of any matter by the natural passages of the body or by an artificial opening; defecation; also, a diminution of the fluids of an animal body by cathartics, venesection, or other means.
  4. That which is evacuated or discharged; especially, a discharge by stool or other natural means.
  5. Abolition; nullification.
evolution Tweet Definition of evolution Like Definition of evolution on Facebook
noun
  1. (context, general) A gradual process of development, formation, or growth, esp. one leading to a more advanced or complex form.
  2. (biology) The change in the genetic composition of a population over successive generations.
  3. (mathematics) The extraction of a root from a quantity.
  4. (military) One of a series of ordered movements.
evzone Tweet Definition of evzone Like Definition of evzone on Facebook
noun
  1. An infantryman of a select corps of the Greek army..
expendable Tweet Definition of expendable Like Definition of expendable on Facebook
noun
  1. An expendable person or object; usually used in the plural.
Private Johnson was afraid the Lieutenant considered him an , since he was always picked as point man.
adjective
  1. Able to be expended; not inexhaustible.
Oil and other resources are frequently the subject of military disputes.
  1. Designed for a single use; not reusable.
The anti-aircraft rocket is fired from an launch platform.
  1. Not essential or mandatory in order to achieve a goal.
The research department was deemed , and its funding was not renewed.
  1. That which is regarded as not worth preserve, preserving or saving; able to be sacrificed.
In the internecine rivalries of large corporations, whole departments may become in the execution of one executive's power play.

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