defilade

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n defilade the arrangement of defensive fortifications to protect against enemy fire
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Defilade (Mil) To raise, as a rampart, so as to shelter interior works commanded from some higher point.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • defilade 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.
    • n defilade That arrangement of a fortification by means of which its interior is concealed from an adversary on a neighboring height.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Defilade to plan a fortification so as to protect it from enfilading fire
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. défiler, to defile, and défilade, act of defiling. See 1st Defile
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. défiler—L. dis, and filum, a thread.

Usage

In literature:

In its construction the principles of defilade have been completely ignored.
"The Story of the Malakand Field Force" by Sir Winston S. Churchill
Luckily, they soon got under some excellent defilade, but not until they had suffered heavily.
"War in the Garden of Eden" by Kermit Roosevelt
Dead ground; defiladed from inland batteries; deep water right close to the shore!
"Gallipoli Diary, Volume I" by Ian Hamilton
By cover is meant effective defilade from the enemy's fire.
"Manual of Military Training" by James A. Moss
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