Enfilade Definition

ĕnfə-lād, -läd
enfiladed, enfilades, enfilading
noun
enfilades
Gunfire, from either flank, directed along the length of a column or line of troops.
Webster's New World
A target vulnerable to sweeping gunfire.
American Heritage
A disposition or placement of troops that makes them vulnerable to such fire.
Webster's New World
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.
American Heritage
A line or straight passage, or the position of that which lies in a straight line.
Wiktionary
Synonyms:
  • enfilade fire
Advertisement
verb
enfiladed, enfilading
To direct such gunfire at.
Webster's New World

Other Word Forms of Enfilade

Noun

Singular:
enfilade
Plural:
enfilades

Origin of Enfilade

  • French series, string, row from enfiler to string together, run through from Old French en- in, on en–1 fil thread (from Latin fīlum gwhī- in Indo-European roots)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Borrowing from French enfilade.

    From Wiktionary

Advertisement

Find Similar Words

Find similar words to enfilade using the buttons below.

Words Starting With

Words Ending With

Unscrambles

enfilade