• WordNet 3.6
    • n esplanade a long stretch of open level ground (paved or grassy) for walking beside the seashore
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Esplanade (Fort) A clear space between a citadel and the nearest houses of the town.
    • Esplanade (Hort) A grass plat; a lawn.
    • Esplanade Any clear, level space used for public walks or drives; esp., a terrace by the seaside.
    • Esplanade (Fort) The glacis of the counterscarp, or the slope of the parapet of the covered way toward the country.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n esplanade In fort.; The glacis of the counterscarp, or the sloping of the parapet of the covered way toward the country.
    • n esplanade The open space between the glacis of a citadel and the first houses of the town.
    • n esplanade Any open level space or course near a town, especially a kind of terrace along the seaside, for public walks or drives.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Esplanade es-pla-nād′ a level space between a citadel and the first houses of the town: any level space for walking or driving in.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. esplanade, Sp. esplanada, explanada, cf. It. spianata,; fr. Sp. explanar, to level, L. explanare, to flatten or spread out. See Explain
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—Sp. esplanada—L. explanāreex, out, planus, flat.


In literature:

There is a broad esplanade in front.
"England, Picturesque and Descriptive" by Joel Cook
We saw it as a wide shining esplanade.
"Astounding Stories, March, 1931" by Various
That same evening, after dinner, I saw Bindo's new friend walking on the Esplanade with a fair-haired, well-dressed young girl.
"The Count's Chauffeur" by William Le Queux
His step was slow, his head drooping, as he came along the esplanade.
"The Queen Against Owen" by Allen Upward
The sea-wall curving like a half-moon round the bay, and the pebbled esplanade above it, occupy all the foreground.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 16, No. 93, July, 1865" by Various
He was lodged in one of a row of small houses facing the esplanade.
"The Return of the Prodigal" by May Sinclair
Palms line the esplanade in front of the arched, walled entrance.
"Through Our Unknown Southwest" by Agnes C. Laut
We rode up the broad esplanade in front of the chateau.
"Francezka" by Molly Elliot Seawell
The three walked in the dark across the esplanades of the ancient city, along the walls of the Acropolis.
"Sónnica" by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez
It is known as the Galle Face Hotel, adjoining the popular esplanade of the same name.
"The Pearl of India" by Maturin M. Ballou

In poetry:

The mustering of the processionists was very grand,
As along the Esplanade each man took his stand,
And as soon as they were marshalled in grand array,
To the Magdalen Green, in haste, they wended their way.
"The Great Franchise Demonstration" by William Topaz McGonagall
There were masons and ploughmen all in a row,
Also tailors, tenters, and blacksmiths, which made a grand show;
Likewise carters and bakers which was most beautiful to be seen,
To see them marching from the Esplanade to the Magdalen Green.
"The Great Franchise Demonstration" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

The Esplanade as it is now (Civitas).
New vision for the Esplanade .
America's Independence Day means major celebrations across the US, no more so than in Boston where a huge firework display was set to a live soundtrack by the famous Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra.
Esplanade community in Lakewood Ranch to expand.
MARCO ISLAND — Marco Islanders got a jump on holiday shopping at the first Left Bank Art Fest held at the Esplanade on Sunday.
Marco Islanders got a jump on holiday shopping at the first Left Bank Art Fest held at the Esplanade on Sunday.
Plan calls for esplanade, public recreation access, habitat improvements through urban renewal money, proponents say hotel development would have to occur to make it happen.
The Esplanade Association (TEA) is celebrating Boston's historic park and the organization's vision for its thorough restoration during the Esplanade Moon Dance Gala.
The party will take place on Saturday, September 29, from 6:30pm-midnight at the Charles River Esplanade.
We can pretend it's convenience -- the restaurant is located in the Esplanade, arguably the center of the Valley, and other members of our dinner party are driving in from different points east, west, north and south.
San Diego-based biotech firm Genomatica Inc will be relocating its corporate headquarters next year from Sorrento Mesa to the Esplanade office development in University Towne Center.
Esplanade Ave, Kenner 504 471-2200 Dinner entrees $15 to $30.
"The Christmas House" on West Esplanade Avenue and Melody Drive in Metairie overflows with decorations.
An artist's rendering of the "story hut" at the proposed Esplanade Playspace.
Nomination and election of next year's officers, the club's visit to the Esplanade House and the Jesus Center, and the Thanksgiving Day Run for Food will be on the agenda.

In science:

Esplanade des Arts et M´etiers, 33405 Talence Cedex, France.
Three dimensional image correlation from X-Ray computed tomography of solid foam