def·​i·​lade ˈde-fə-ˌlād How to pronounce defilade (audio)
defiladed; defilading

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
defilade noun

Word History


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

First Known Use

1828, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of defilade was in 1828

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Cite this Entry

“Defilade.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Oct. 2023.

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