enfilade


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en·fi·lade

 (ĕn′fə-lād′, -läd′)
n.
1. Gunfire directed along the length of a target, such as a column of troops.
2. A target vulnerable to sweeping gunfire.
3. Architecture A linear arrangement of a series of interior doors, as to a suite of rooms, so as to provide an unobstructed view when the doors are open.
tr.v. en·fi·lad·ed, en·fi·lad·ing, en·fi·lades
To rake with gunfire.

[French, series, string, row, from enfiler, to string together, run through, from Old French : en-, in, on; see en-1 + fil, thread (from Latin fīlum; see gwhī- in Indo-European roots).]

enfilade

(ˌɛnfɪˈleɪd) military
n
(Military) a position or formation subject to fire from a flank along the length of its front
vb (tr)
1. (Military) to subject (a position or formation) to fire from a flank
2. (Military) to position (troops or guns) so as to be able to fire at a flank
[C18: from French: suite, from enfiler to thread on string, from fil thread]

en•fi•lade

(ˌɛn fəˈleɪd, -ˈlɑd)

n., v. -lad•ed, -lad•ing. n.
1. sweeping gunfire, as from along the length of a line of troops.
2. an axial arrangement, as of doorways connecting a group of rooms, providing a long vista.
v.t.
3. to attack with an enfilade.
[1695–1705; < French <enfil(er) to thread, string < Latin fīlum thread)]

enfilade

- A suite of rooms with doorways in line with each other—or a vista between rows of trees.
See also related terms for rooms.

enfilade


Past participle: enfiladed
Gerund: enfilading

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Present Perfect
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Past Continuous
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Past Perfect
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Future
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Future Continuous
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Future Perfect Continuous
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Conditional
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.enfilade - gunfire directed along the length rather than the breadth of a formation
gunfire, gunshot - the act of shooting a gun; "the gunfire endangered innocent bystanders"; "they retreated in the face of withering enemy fire"
Verb1.enfilade - rake or be in a position to rake with gunfire in a lengthwise direction
rake - sweep the length of; "The gunfire raked the coast"
Translations

enfilade

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References in classic literature ?
You can fill that trench with your own men and enfilade the trenches to its right with their own machine guns.
Trapped between the beach and high sea wall (fortified with barbed wire), they made easy enfilade targets for MG34 machine guns.
It was designed for the art of machine gunnery that included the cone of fire, the beaten zone and firing from enfilade and defilade, all techniques that were unfortunately lost and/or discarded many decades ago.
He won the Victoria Cross on the Somme when, during an attack, enfilade fire was opened on the company by a Ger-He won the Victoria Cross on the Somme when, during an attack, enfilade fire was opened on the company by a German machine gun.
Its dazzling colours flicker from afar (the picture is hung at the end of a long enfilade and it was this sight that reminded me of fireworks).
Since Compton had lined his firing squad up so that the POWs presented a target in enfilade, there was little doubt that he intended to kill the POWs.
Red House is well aligned too, arranged as an enfilade of five large, airy spaces, each with its defined purpose opening into the next.
Scarpa silently brushed aside dull, equivocal assumptions about audience and pedagogy and inherited museum constructs, wondering instead how a picture by, say, Antonello da Messina should be tilted away from the wall if it were to be approached through a long enfilade with a view of a piazza.
En attendant, c'est un autre motif d'insatisfaction qui s'ajoute a une longue liste de deboires qui reduisent nos fetes a une enfilade de [beaucoup moins que]casse-tete[beaucoup plus grand que] et de desagrements.
After Hanna looks at Michael from the open door and asks him to come in, more detail is added: "The flat is without decoration, an enfilade of small rooms.