Echelon

Echelon [ ESH-uh'-lon ]
noun, verb ]
MEANING :
1. (n.) a formation of troops or military aircraft, or individuals wherein each unit is positioned somewhat to the right or left of the unit in front such that the entire formation appears like a series of stairs
2. (n.) one of several units of such an arrangement
3. (n.) any group or unit that acts in an organised or disciplined way
4. (n.) a grade or level of authority
5. (n.) (spectroscopy) a diffraction grating that consists of a series of plates arranged one after another in a stepwise manner
6. (v.) to be a part of an echelon
USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
The top echelon of the company took the decision to expand the company's operations overseas.


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