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Enfilade Definition

Other Enfilade Definition

[n] gunfire directed along the length rather than the breadth of a formation
[v] rake or be in a position to rake with gunfire in a lengthwise direction

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enfilade fire

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gunfire, gunshot, rake

Misc. Definitions

\En`fi*lade"\ (?; 277), n. [F., fr. enfiler to thread, go trough a street or square, rake with shot; pref. en- (L. in) + fil thread. See {File} a row.]
1. A line or straight passage, or the position of that which lies in a straight line. [R.]
2. (Mil.) A firing in the direction of the length of a trench, or a line of parapet or troops, etc.; a raking fire.
\En`fi*lade"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Enfiladed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Enfilading}.] (Mil.) To pierce, scour, or rake with shot in the direction of the length of, as a work, or a line of troops. --Campbell.

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