from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Gunfire directed along the length of a target, such as a column of troops.
- n. A target vulnerable to sweeping gunfire.
- n. Architecture A linear arrangement of a series of interior doors, as to a suite of rooms, so as to provide a vista when the doors are open.
- transitive v. To rake with gunfire.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. gunfire directed along the length of a target
- n. a series of doors that provide a vista when open
- v. to rake something with gunfire
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A line or straight passage, or the position of that which lies in a straight line.
- n. A firing in the direction of the length of a trench, or a line of parapet or troops, etc.; a raking fire.
- transitive v. To pierce, scour, or rake with shot in the direction of the length of, as a work, or a line of troops.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Milit., a line or straight passage; specifically, the situation of a place, or of a body of men, which may be raked with shot through its whole length.
- Milit., to pierce, scour, or rake with shot through the whole length, as a work or line of troops; be in a position to attack (a military work or a line of troops) in this manner.
- n. Milit., An infantry or artillery fire which sweeps a line of works or men from flank to flank.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. gunfire directed along the length rather than the breadth of a formation
- v. rake or be in a position to rake with gunfire in a lengthwise direction
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).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Borrowing from French enfilade. (Wiktionary)