1. The act of pitching tents or forming huts, as by an army or traveling company, for temporary lodging or rest.

2. The place where an army or a company is encamped; a camp; tents pitched or huts erected for temporary lodgings. "A square of about seven hundred yards was sufficient for the encampment of twenty thousand Romans." (Gibbon) "A green encampment yonder meets the eye." (Guardian)

(01 Mar 1998)

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