- 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 of enfiladeFrench from enfiler, to thread, string, rake with fire from Old French from en- (L in) + fil (L filum), a thread
transitive verb-·lad′ed, -·lad′ing
- 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 an unobstructed view when the doors are open.
transitive verben·fi·lad·ed, en·fi·lad·ing, en·fi·lades
Origin of enfiladeFrench 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.)
(third-person singular simple present enfilades, present participle enfilading, simple past and past participle enfiladed)
- to rake something with gunfire