, -·lad·ed, -·lad·ing
to arrange (troops and fortifications) so that the terrain will protect them, esp. from gunfire against either flank
Origin of defilade; from French défilade, a filing off, succession ; from défiler: see defile
- the act of defilading
- the protection afforded by defilading
transitive verbdef·i·lad·ed, def·i·lad·ing, def·i·lades
To arrange (fortifications) in such a way as to give protection from enfilading and other fire.
- The act or procedure of defilading.
- A fortified position offering protection from enfilading and other fire.
Origin of defiladede– + (en)filade.
(third-person singular simple present defilades, present participle defilading, simple past and past participle defiladed)
NounSee also: défilade
- A fortification having such protection.