Meaning of en échelon in English:

en échelon

Pronunciation /ɒn ˈeɪʃ(ə)lɒ̃/

adjective

Geology
  • Characterized by an approximately parallel formation at an oblique angle to a particular direction.

    ‘the en échelon arrangement of faults’
    • ‘Without such detailed observations, it is not possible to identify the processes responsible for the formation of these en echelon cracks, nor assess their potential for future slope failure.’

adverb

Geology
  • In approximately parallel formation at an oblique angle to a particular direction.

    • ‘segments are often arranged en échelon’

Origin

French, literally ‘in rung formation’.