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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).]
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(Military) a position or formation subject to fire from a flank along the length of its front
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]
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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)]
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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.
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Past participle: enfiladed
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|Noun||1.||enfilade - gunfire directed along the length rather than the breadth of a formation|
|Verb||1.||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"
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