enfilade[en′fə lād′, en′fə lād′]
- gunfire, from either flank, directed along the length of a column or line of troops
- a disposition or placement of troops that makes them vulnerable to such fire
Origin: Fr < enfiler, to thread, string, rake with fire < OFr < en- (L in) + fil (L filum), a thread
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- Gunfire directed along the length of a target, such as a column of troops.
- A target vulnerable to sweeping gunfire.
- 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.
Origin: 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).