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Definitions of enfilade

  1. To pierce, scour, or rake with shot in the direction of the length of, as a work, or a line of troops. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. To pierce or rake with shot. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  3. To rake with shot through the length of. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  4. To rake lengthwise, as with shot. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  5. To rake with shot in the direction or through the whole length of a line. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  6. gunfire directed along the length rather than the breadth of a formation Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. A line or straight passage, or the position of that which lies in a straight line. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. A firing in the direction of the length of a trench, or a line of parapet or troops, etc.; a raking fire. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. A firing along a trench, a line of troops, etc.; a galling fire. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  10. A line, or straight passage: a situation or a body open from end to end. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  11. A file, or straight line. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  12. A position in a straight line; a fire of musketry or artillery raking a line of rampart or troops from end to end. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.

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Usage examples for enfilade

  1. The 1st Division had rallied on the line of the woods east of the bend of the Menin road; the German advance by the road had been checked by enfilade fire from the north. – 1914 by John French, Viscount of Ypres
  2. As this ravine ran at right angles with the river, the sixty men would enfilade an enemy attacking the vessels, and the guard of the vessels would at the same time enfilade an enemy should he attack the cattle on the north side. – Ismailia by Samuel W. Baker
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