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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 Continuous
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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 Perfect
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Future Continuous
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Present Perfect Continuous
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Future Perfect Continuous
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Past Perfect Continuous
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Conditional
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Past 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

[ˌenfɪˈleɪd] VTenfilar
References in classic literature ?
Then the house had been boldly planned with a ball-room, so that, instead of squeezing through a narrow passage to get to it (as at the Chiverses') one marched solemnly down a vista of enfiladed drawing- rooms (the sea-green, the crimson and the bouton d'or), seeing from afar the many-candled lustres reflected in the polished parquetry, and beyond that the depths of a conservatory where camellias and tree-ferns arched their costly foliage over seats of black and gold bamboo.
Thence he made his way, with the kitten skirmishing along beside him in the grass, to a staircase that led to a lump of projecting rock that enfiladed the huge green majesty of the Horseshoe Fall.
The Austrians were in flight and after coming down into the Val d'Asa the leading troops entered a burning supply depot at the foot of Mone Porreche, "an awkward hill that completely enfiladed the valley".
It was probably bound to do so, given that Smith had enfiladed an ecclesiastical opponent with the words, "I must believe in Apostolic Succession, there being no other way of accounting for the descent of the Bishop of Exeter from Judas Iscariot.