American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
- v. To rake with gunfire.
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.
- n. gunfire directed along the length of a target
- n. architecture a series of doors that provide a vista when open
- v. transitive to rake something with gunfire
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. rare A line or straight passage, or the position of that which lies in a straight line.
- n. (Mil.) A firing in the direction of the length of a trench, or a line of parapet or troops, etc.; a raking fire.
- v. (Mil.) To pierce, scour, or rake with shot in the direction of the length of, as a work, or a line of troops.
- 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
- Borrowing from French enfilade. (Wiktionary)
- 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)
“But 'enfilade' is in my top 5 most awesomest things ever, and 'one armed scissor' rocks my world.”
“The master bath, dining space and living space are arranged enfilade about a centerline that leads through a double-height window wall to a sculpture garden and the park beyond.”
“Soane's enfilade at Dulwich Picture Gallery is one of the great jewels in the world," says gallery Director Ian Dejardin.”
“Views through doorways, echoing traditional enfilade arrangements, permit comparisons.”
“Though the two made a point of being cordial to each other after World War I, Donovan confided to Putzell that he always resented MacArthur being so slow to protect his right flank from the murderous enfilade at Landres-et-Saint-Georges.”
“Charlotte Moss This window in a hornbeam hedge at d'Orsan provides a view of the enfilade of outdoor rooms.”
“Set within an arch above the grand staircase, it had as a backdrop a dramatic enfilade of columns.”
“The can get a perfect enfilade on the redoubts so we are going to strengthen the traverses.”
“For now I saw what Lew had seen - the fool was never going to wheel, he was taking the Light Brigade straight into the heart of the Russian army, towards those massive batteries at the valley foot, that were already belching at us, while the cannon on either side were raking us from the flanks, trapping us in a terrible enfilade that must smash the whole command to pieces.”
“Our fellows had discovered that the best field of fire was from the towers, which projected sufficiently to enfilade two walls at once.”
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