defilade

verb
def·​i·​lade | \ ˈde-fə-ˌlād How to pronounce defilade (audio) , -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

Other Words from defilade

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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“Defilade.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/defilade. Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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