Definition of Enfilade

1. Noun. Gunfire directed along the length rather than the breadth of a formation.

Exact synonyms: Enfilade Fire
Generic synonyms: Gunfire, Gunshot



2. Verb. Rake or be in a position to rake with gunfire in a lengthwise direction.
Generic synonyms: Rake

Definition of Enfilade

1. n. A line or straight passage, or the position of that which lies in a straight line.

2. v. t. To pierce, scour, or rake with shot in the direction of the length of, as a work, or a line of troops.

Definition of Enfilade

1. Noun. gunfire directed along the length of a target ¹

2. Noun. (architecture) a series of doors that provide a vista when open ¹

3. Verb. (transitive) to rake something with gunfire ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Enfilade

1. to direct heavy gunfire along the length of [v -LADED, -LADING, -LADES]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Enfilade

enfeoffments
enfeoffs
enfermedad mental
enfested
enfetter
enfettered
enfettering
enfetters
enfever
enfevered
enfevering
enfevers
enfierce
enfierced
enfierces
enfilade (current term)
enfilade fire
enfiladed
enfilades
enfilading
enfiled
enfire
enfired
enfires
enfiring
enfix
enfixed
enfixes
enfixing
enflame

Literary usage of Enfilade

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1. Technique of Modern Tactics: A Study of Troop Leading Methods in the by Paul Stanley Bond, Michael Joseph McDonough (1916)
"As the fire becomes oblique and approaches enfilade the relative ... Thus under sweeping enfilade fire the column of squads is more vulnerable than line, ..."

2. The Principles of Land Defense and Their Application to the Conditions of To-day by Henry Fleetwood Thuillier (1902)
"TRENCHES EXPOSED TO enfilade FIRE. garrisoned by a distinct unit- such as a half company, section, or squad. The method of estimating the strength of the ..."

3. History of the Conquest of Mexico, with a Preliminary View of the Ancient by William Hickling Prescott (1876)
"... one on each side of the causeway, in order to co-operate with the army, to station themselves so as to enfilade the position occupied by the enemy. ..."

4. History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott (1873)
"... one on each side of the causeway, in order to co-operate with the army, to station themselves so as to enfilade the position occupied by the enemy. ..."

5. Lessons of War as Taught by the Great Masters and Others: Selected and by France James Soady (1870)
"In India, they have been found very effective in the attack of hill forts, stockades, &c.2 enfilade and Oblique Fire. 59. If the enemy advance in deployed ..."

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