AskDefine | Define deploy

Dictionary Definition



1 place troops or weapons in battle formation
2 to distribute systematically or strategically; "The U.S. deploys its weapons in the Middle East"

User Contributed Dictionary



  • /dəˈplɔɪ/


  1. (transitive) To prepare and arrange (usu. military unit or units) for use.
    The word deploy has roots as a military term, used to describe the placement of equipment and troops in a battlefield.
    "Deploy two units of infantry along the enemy's flank," the general ordered.
  2. (intransitive) To unfold, open, or otherwise become ready for use.
    He waited tensely for his parachute to deploy.
  3. (computing) to install, test and implement a computer system or application. The term can be used to refer to any installation and testing, such as setting up a new network in an enterprise, to installing a server farm, to implementing a new application over a distributed computing network.
    The process for the deployment scenario includes: building a master installation of the operating system, creating it's image and deploying the image onto a destination computer.

Related terms


To prepare and arrange (usu. military unit or units) for use
To unfold, open, or otherwise become ready for use

Extensive Definition

Deployment may refer to:
  • System deployment, transforming a mechanical, electrical, or computer system from a packaged form to an operational state
  • Software deployment, all of the activities that make a software system available for use
  • Military deployment, the movement of armed forces and their logistical support
deploy in German: Deployment

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