enfilade

noun
en·fi·lade | \ˈen-fə-ˌlād, -ˌläd\

Definition of enfilade 

(Entry 1 of 2)

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

enfilade

verb
enfiladed; enfilading

Definition of enfilade (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

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

Examples of enfilade in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

But when Luisa first set eyes on it, she was smitten by its unrivaled setting, with views over rolling hills to the distant sea, and by the pomegranate-ripe potential of its echoing, spacious enfilades of rooms and extensive outbuildings. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Bella Sicilia: Hamish Bowles Attends Lucilla Bonaccorsi’s Breathtaking Wedding in Southern Italy," 7 Sep. 2017 Even better, Ramos’ ruling—along with the enfilade of similar decisions pouring out of the federal judiciary—raises the very real possibility that Texas may unintentionally bring the Voting Rights Act back from the dead. Mark Joseph Stern, Slate Magazine, "Consequences in Texas," 25 Aug. 2017 Forming an enfilade with the foyer are two small offices that double as guest rooms. Jim Gauer, ELLE Decor, "Design Solutions: Minimal Chic," 21 Aug. 2010 On the main floor, the rooms flow into one another through a series of enfilade doorways, but upstairs, the bedrooms are connected by hallways. Roxana Popescu, New York Times, "House Hunting in … Brittany," 19 July 2017 Then on through the enfilade of the bishop’s handsome state rooms, and into his private sitting rooms where a pianist tinkled the ivories, and onto the broad tiled terrace that had never before been opened to the public. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Vogue’s Hamish Bowles on His Molto Alta Weekend in Palermo With Dolce & Gabbana," 11 July 2017 The enfilade of entertaining rooms includes a dramatic living room with wood-burning fireplace. Star-telegram, star-telegram.com, "Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty | Significant Sales," 21 May 2017 Instead, Sevigny has gone for a purer form of fun: an enfilade of domed caverns where dancers sway to rock and disco hits flanked by tiled nooks from which clusters of beautiful folk watch the whorling crowd. Nicolas Niarchos, The New Yorker, "Well-Heeled Ebullience at Paul’s Casablanca," 16 Jan. 2017 Replacing them is a luxuriant New York version of a grand Parisian hôtel particulier, rational in plan and replete with airy salons set in telescoping enfilade. Paneled in limed oak, adorned with gilded plaster Art Deco-style friezes, Guy Trebay, New York Times, "Renovation Restores the Luster to Cartier Flagship," 3 Sep. 2016

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

At regimental headquarters, the general received reports of bad sniping and enfilading machine gun fire from the forward units. Washington Post, "AP WAS THERE: 75 years ago, reporter lands on Attu Island," 29 May 2018

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First Known Use of enfilade

Noun

circa 1730, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1706, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for enfilade

Noun

French, from enfiler to thread, enfilade, from Old French, to thread, from en- + fil thread — more at file

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