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de·file 1

 (dĭ-fīl′)
tr.v. de·filed, de·fil·ing, de·files
1. To make filthy or dirty; pollute: defile a river with sewage.
2. To debase the pureness or excellence of; corrupt: a country landscape that was defiled by urban sprawl.
3. To profane or sully (a reputation, for example).
4. To make unclean or unfit for ceremonial use; desecrate: defile a temple.
5. To have sexual intercourse with (a woman who is a virgin).

[Middle English defilen, alteration (influenced by filen, to befoul, from Old English fȳlan; see pū̆- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots) of defoulen, to trample on, abuse, pollute, from Old French defouler, to trample, full cloth : de-, de- + fouler, to trample, beat down; see full2.]

de·file′ment n.
de·fil′er n.

de·file 2

 (dĭ-fīl′)
intr.v. de·filed, de·fil·ing, de·files
To move in single file or in files or columns: The soldiers defiled from the fort, arms raised in surrender.
n.
1. A narrow gorge or pass that restricts lateral movement, as of troops.
2. A march in a line.

[French défiler : dé-, away, off (from Old French de-; see de-) + file, line, file (from Old French filer, to spin thread, march in line; see file1). N., from French défilé, from past participle of défiler.]

defile

(dɪˈfaɪl)
vb (tr)
1. to make foul or dirty; pollute
2. to tarnish or sully the brightness of; taint; corrupt
3. to damage or sully (someone's good name, reputation, etc)
4. to make unfit for ceremonial use; desecrate
5. to violate the chastity of
[C14: from earlier defoilen (influenced by filen to file3), from Old French defouler to trample underfoot, abuse, from de- + fouler to tread upon; see full2]
deˈfilement n
deˈfiler n

defile

(ˈdiːfaɪl; dɪˈfaɪl)
n
1. (Physical Geography) a narrow pass or gorge, esp one between two mountains
2. (Military) a single file of soldiers, etc
vb
(Military) chiefly military to march or cause to march in single file
[C17: from French défilé, from défiler to file off, from filer to march in a column, from Old French: to spin, from fil thread, from Latin fīlum]

de•file1

(dɪˈfaɪl)

v.t. -filed, -fil•ing.
1. to make foul, dirty, or unclean.
2. to violate the chastity of.
3. to desecrate.
4. to sully, as a person's reputation.
[1275–1325; < Old French defouler to trample on, violate]
de•file′ment, n.
de•fil′er, n.
de•fil′ing•ly, adv.

de•file2

(dɪˈfaɪl, ˈdi faɪl)

n., v. -filed, -fil•ing. n.
1. a narrow passage, esp. between mountains.
v.i.
2. to march in a line or by files.
[1675–85; < French défilé, n. use of past participle of défiler to file off; see defilade]

defile


Past participle: defiled
Gerund: defiling

Imperative
defile
defile
Present
I defile
you defile
he/she/it defiles
we defile
you defile
they defile
Preterite
I defiled
you defiled
he/she/it defiled
we defiled
you defiled
they defiled
Present Continuous
I am defiling
you are defiling
he/she/it is defiling
we are defiling
you are defiling
they are defiling
Present Perfect
I have defiled
you have defiled
he/she/it has defiled
we have defiled
you have defiled
they have defiled
Past Continuous
I was defiling
you were defiling
he/she/it was defiling
we were defiling
you were defiling
they were defiling
Past Perfect
I had defiled
you had defiled
he/she/it had defiled
we had defiled
you had defiled
they had defiled
Future
I will defile
you will defile
he/she/it will defile
we will defile
you will defile
they will defile
Future Perfect
I will have defiled
you will have defiled
he/she/it will have defiled
we will have defiled
you will have defiled
they will have defiled
Future Continuous
I will be defiling
you will be defiling
he/she/it will be defiling
we will be defiling
you will be defiling
they will be defiling
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been defiling
you have been defiling
he/she/it has been defiling
we have been defiling
you have been defiling
they have been defiling
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been defiling
you will have been defiling
he/she/it will have been defiling
we will have been defiling
you will have been defiling
they will have been defiling
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been defiling
you had been defiling
he/she/it had been defiling
we had been defiling
you had been defiling
they had been defiling
Conditional
I would defile
you would defile
he/she/it would defile
we would defile
you would defile
they would defile
Past Conditional
I would have defiled
you would have defiled
he/she/it would have defiled
we would have defiled
you would have defiled
they would have defiled
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.defile - a narrow pass (especially one between mountains)defile - a narrow pass (especially one between mountains)
mountain pass, notch, pass - the location in a range of mountains of a geological formation that is lower than the surrounding peaks; "we got through the pass before it started to snow"
Verb1.defile - place under suspicion or cast doubt upon; "sully someone's reputation"
mar, deflower, impair, vitiate, spoil - make imperfect; "nothing marred her beauty"
2.defile - make dirty or spotty, as by exposure to air; 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"
blob, fleck, blot, spot - make a spot or mark onto; "The wine spotted the tablecloth"
darken - tarnish or stain; "a scandal that darkened the family's good name"
3.defile - spot, stain, or pollutedefile - spot, stain, or pollute; "The townspeople defiled the river by emptying raw sewage into it"
attaint, disgrace, dishonor, dishonour, shame - bring shame or dishonor upon; "he dishonored his family by committing a serious crime"

defile

verb
1. degrade, stain, disgrace, sully, debase, dishonour, besmirch, smirch He felt his father's memory had been defiled by the article.
2. desecrate, violate, contaminate, abuse, pollute, profane, dishonour, despoil, treat sacrilegiously Who gave you permission to defile this sacred place?
3. dirty, soil, contaminate, smear, pollute, taint, tarnish, make foul, smirch, befoul piles of old clothes defiled with excrement
4. violate, abuse, rape, seduce, molest, ravish, deflower The soldiers brutally defiled her in front of her parents.

defile

verb
2. To make physically impure:
3. To make morally impure:
4. To spoil or mar the sanctity of:
5. To deprive of virginity:
Translations

defile

1 [ˈdiːfaɪl] Ndesfiladero m

defile

2 [dɪˈfaɪl] VT [+ honour] → manchar; [+ flag] → ultrajar; [+ sacred thing, memory] → profanar; [+ language] → corromper; [+ woman] → deshonrar

defile

[dɪˈfaɪl]
vt [+ person, place] → souiller
[ˈdiːfaɪl] n (= narrow valley) → défilé m

defile

1
nHohlweg m
vihintereinandermarschieren

defile

2
vt (= pollute, sully)verschmutzen, verunreinigen; (= desecrate)schänden, entweihen

defile

1 [dɪˈfaɪl] vt (frm) (pollute) → deturpare

defile

2 [ˈdiːfaɪl]
1. n (liter) (passage) → gola
2. vi (march) → sfilare
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if you are friends to the king and have business with the army, your way would be to follow the river down to Edward, and lay the matter before Webb, who tarries there, instead of pushing into the defiles, and driving this saucy Frenchman back across Champlain, into his den again.
Pushing heavy cannon up mountain defiles, the elephant's brow is majestic.
Titian's Venus defiles and disgraces the Tribune, there is no softening that fact, but his "Moses" glorifies it.
At Callyan they reached the junction of the branch line which descends towards south-eastern India by Kandallah and Pounah; and, passing Pauwell, they entered the defiles of the mountains, with their basalt bases, and their summits crowned with thick and verdant forests.
But there was no getting at the place of sojourn of the future abbe; the defiles of the chamber of Aramis were as well guarded as the gardens of Armida.
The Rocky Mountains formed a vast barrier between them and the United States, and their stern and awful defiles, their rugged valleys, and the great western plains watered by their rivers, remained almost a terra incognita to the American trapper.
The rugged defiles and deep valleys of this vast chain form sheltering places for restless and ferocious bands of savages, many of them the remnants of tribes, once inhabitants of the prairies, but broken up by war and violence, and who carry into their mountain haunts the fierce passions and reckless habits of desperadoes.
A thick, yellow liquor defiles them, which is offensive to the touch and sight and more offensive to the smell.
While rambling up some of the narrow and rocky defiles, I could almos have fancied myself transported back again to the barre valleys of the island of St.
I had much trouble at first in breaking him of those evil habits his father had taught him to acquire, but already that difficulty is nearly vanquished now: bad language seldom defiles his mouth, and I have succeeded in giving him an absolute disgust for all intoxicating liquors, which I hope not even his father or his father's friends will be able to overcome.
When Sir William push'd the German, Dieskau, thro' the defiles at the foot of the Hori--"
ALL night their course lay through intricate defiles and over irregular and rock-strewn paths.