enfilade


1en·fi·lade

noun \ˈen-fə-ˌlād, -ˌläd\

Definition of ENFILADE

1
:  an interconnected group of rooms arranged usually in a row with each room opening into the next
2
:  gunfire directed from a flanking position along the length of an enemy battle line

Origin of ENFILADE

French, from enfiler to thread, enfilade, from Old French, to thread, from en- + fil thread — more at file
First Known Use: circa 1730

2enfilade

verb
enfilad·edenfilad·ing

Definition of ENFILADE

transitive verb
:  to rake or be in a position to rake with gunfire in a lengthwise direction

First Known Use of ENFILADE

1706

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