defilade

[ def-uh-leyd ]

noun
  1. 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·i·lad·ed, def·i·lad·ing.
  1. to shield from enemy fire by using natural or artificial obstacles.

Origin of defilade

1
First recorded in 1820–30; from French défil(er), originally, “to unthread” (equivalent to dé- negative prefix + (en)filer “to thread,” ultimately from Latin fīlum “thread”) + French -ade noun suffix denoting action or process; see dis-1, -ade1

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British Dictionary definitions for defilade

defilade

/ (ˌdɛfɪˈleɪd) military /


noun
  1. protection provided by obstacles against enemy crossfire from the rear, or observation

  2. the disposition of defensive fortifications to produce this protection

verb(tr)
  1. to provide protection for by defilade

Origin of defilade

1
C19: see de-, enfilade

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