defilade

verb
def·i·lade | \ˈde-fə-ˌlād, -ˌläd\
defiladed; defilading

Definition of defilade 

transitive verb

: to arrange (fortifications) so as to protect the lines from frontal or enfilading fire and the interior from fire from above or behind

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defilade noun

First Known Use of defilade

1828, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for defilade

probably from de- + -filade (as in enfilade)

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