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Meaning of ENFILADE

Pronunciation:  'enfu`leyd

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  gunfire directed along the length rather than the breadth of a formation
  2. [v]  rake or be in a position to rake with gunfire in a lengthwise direction

ENFILADE is a 8 letter word that starts with E.


 Synonyms: enfilade fire
 See Also: gunfire, gunshot, rake



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \En`fi*lade"\ (?; 277), n. [F., fr. enfiler to thread,
    go trough a street or square, rake with shot; pref. en- (L.
    in) + fil thread. See {File} a row.]
    1. A line or straight passage, or the position of that which
       lies in a straight line. [R.]
    2. (Mil.) A firing in the direction of the length of a
       trench, or a line of parapet or troops, etc.; a raking
  2. \En`fi*lade"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Enfiladed}; p. pr.
    & vb. n. {Enfilading}.] (Mil.)
    To pierce, scour, or rake with shot in the direction of the
    length of, as a work, or a line of troops. --Campbell.