protection or shielding from hostile ground observation and flat projecting fire provided by an artificial or natural obstacle, as a hill.
to shield from enemy fire by using natural or artificial obstacles.
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How to use defilade in a sentence
One man makes it across the defilade on the beach and another does not.
Luckily, they soon got under some excellent defilade, but not until they had suffered heavily.War in the Garden of Eden | Kermit Roosevelt
This position commanded Fort Sanders, so that it now became necessary to defilade the fort.
In its construction the principles of defilade have been completely ignored.The Story of the Malakand Field Force | Sir Winston S. Churchill
British Dictionary definitions for defilade
protection provided by obstacles against enemy crossfire from the rear, or observation
the disposition of defensive fortifications to produce this protection
to provide protection for by defilade
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