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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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Future 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

[ˌenfɪˈleɪd] VTenfilar
References in classic literature ?
It was in the form of a square, with bastions and towers at each corner which would permit an enfilading fire along any side of the fort, and was about one hundred and thirty-five feet square on the outside, with walls three feet thick at the bottom and about a foot and a half wide at the top, and fifteen feet high.
In point of grazing, plunging, oblique, or enfilading, or point-blank firing, the English, French, and Prussians have nothing to learn; but their cannon, howitzers, and mortars are mere pocket-pistols compared with the formidable engines of the American artillery.
And through the wide windows we had a view of the Thames; an enfilading view down the Lower Hope Reach.