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defilade

[ def-uh-leyd ]
/ 藢d蓻f 蓹藞le瑟d /
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noun
protection or shielding from hostile ground observation and flat projecting fire provided by an artificial or natural obstacle, as a hill.
verb (used with object), def路i路lad路ed, def路i路lad路ing.
to shield from enemy fire by using natural or artificial obstacles.
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Origin of defilade

First recorded in 1820鈥30; from French d茅fil(er), originally, 鈥渢o unthread鈥 (equivalent to d茅- negative prefix + (en)filer 鈥渢o thread,鈥 ultimately from Latin f墨lum 鈥渢hread鈥) + French -ade noun suffix denoting action or process; see dis-1, -ade1
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British Dictionary definitions for defilade

defilade
/ (藢d蓻f瑟藞le瑟d) military /

noun
protection provided by obstacles against enemy crossfire from the rear, or observation
the disposition of defensive fortifications to produce this protection
verb (tr)
to provide protection for by defilade

Word Origin for defilade

C19: see de-, enfilade
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