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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To arrange (fortifications) in such a way as to give protection from enfilading and other fire.
  • noun The act or procedure of defilading.
  • noun A fortified position offering protection from enfilading and other fire.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • In fortification, to arrange the plan and profile of (a fortification) so as to protect its lines from enfilading fire, and its interior from plunging or reverse fire. Also defile.
  • noun That arrangement of a fortification by means of which its interior is concealed from an adversary on a neighboring height.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb (Mil.) To raise, as a rampart, so as to shelter interior works commanded from some higher point.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb transitive To fortify something as a protection from enfilading fire.
  • noun A fortification having such protection.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the arrangement of defensive fortifications to protect against enemy fire

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[de– + (en)filade.]

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