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Meaning of DEFILE

Pronunciation:  di'fIl

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a narrow pass (especially one between mountains)
  2. [v]  spot, stain, or pollute; "The townspeople defiled the river by emptying raw sewage into it"
  3. [v]  make dirty or spotty, as by exposure to air, of metals; also used metaphorically; "The silver was tarnished by the long exposure to the air"; "Her reputation was sullied after the affair with a married man"
  4. [v]  place under suspicion or cast doubt upon; "sully someone's reputation"

DEFILE is a 6 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: befoul, cloud, corrupt, foul, gorge, maculate, maculate, sully, taint, tarnish
 See Also: attaint, blob, blot, darken, deflower, disgrace, dishonor, dishonour, fleck, impair, mar, mountain pass, notch, pass, shame, spoil, spot, vitiate



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \De*file"\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Defiled}; p. pr. & vb.
    n. {Defiling}.] [F. d['e]filer; pref. d['e]-, for des- (L.
    dis-) + file a row or line. See {File} a row.]
    To march off in a line, file by file; to file off.
  2. \De*file"\, v. t. (Mil.)
    Same as {Defilade}.
  3. \De*file"\ (?; 277), n. [Cf. F. d['e]fil['e], fr.
    d['e]filer to defile.]
    1. Any narrow passage or gorge in which troops can march only
       in a file, or with a narrow front; a long, narrow pass
       between hills, rocks, etc.
    2. (Mil.) The act of defilading a fortress, or of raising the
       exterior works in order to protect the interior. See
  4. \De*file"\, v. t. [OE. defoulen, -foilen, to tread down,
    OF. defouler; de- + fouler to trample (see {Full}, v. t.),
    and OE. defoulen to foul (influenced in form by the older
    verb defoilen). See {File} to defile, {Foul}, {Defoul}.]
    1. To make foul or impure; to make filthy; to dirty; to
       befoul; to pollute.
             They that touch pitch will be defiled. --Shak.
    2. To soil or sully; to tarnish, as reputation; to taint.
             He is . . . among the greatest prelates of this age,
             however his character may be defiled by . . . dirty
             hands.                                --Swift.
    3. To injure in purity of character; to corrupt.
             Defile not yourselves with the idols of Egypt.
                                                   --Ezek. xx. 7.
    4. To corrupt the chastity of; to debauch; to violate.
             The husband murder'd and the wife defiled. --Prior.
    5. To make ceremonially unclean; to pollute.
             That which dieth of itself, or is torn with beasts,
             he shall not eat to defile therewith. --Lev. xxii.
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