rear echelon
noun Date: circa 1934 an element of a military headquarters or unit located at a considerable distance from the front and concerned especially with administrative and supply duties

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  • rear echelon — užnugario ešelonas statusas T sritis Gynyba apibrėžtis Pajėgų padaliniai, kurių nereikia veiksmų rajone. atitikmenys: angl. rear echelon pranc. échelon arrière …   NATO terminų aiškinamasis žodynas

  • rear echelon — rear′ ech′elon n. mil (in a military operation) the troops, officers, etc., removed from the combat zone and responsible for administration …   From formal English to slang

  • rear echelon — (in a military operation) the troops, officers, etc., removed from the combat zone and responsible for administration, matériel, etc. Cf. forward echelon. [1930 35] * * * …   Universalium

  • rear echelon — noun : an element of a military headquarters or unit located at a considerable distance from the front and concerned especially with administrative and supply duties compare forward echelon …   Useful english dictionary

  • rear echelon — Elements of a force which are not required in the objective area …   Military dictionary

  • rear echelon — noun a) That part of an army that is not needed to combat the enemy b) The administrative and supply departments of an army …   Wiktionary

  • 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… …   English World dictionary

  • echelon — n. 1) (mil.) the forward; rear echelon 2) the higher, top, upper echelons of society * * * [ eʃəlɒn] rear echelon top upper echelons of society (mil.) the forward the higher …   Combinatory dictionary

  • échelon arrière — užnugario ešelonas statusas T sritis Gynyba apibrėžtis Pajėgų padaliniai, kurių nereikia veiksmų rajone. atitikmenys: angl. rear echelon pranc. échelon arrière …   NATO terminų aiškinamasis žodynas

  • echelon — Gowers (1965) regarded the meaning ‘a level or rank in an organization or in society’ as a slipshod extension of the original English meaning ‘a military formation of parallel rows’ • (The rear echelons of the army mutinied and seized the… …   Modern English usage

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