- a position of works, troops, etc., making them subject to a sweeping fire from along the length of a line of troops, a trench, a battery, etc.
- the fire thus directed.
- an axial arrangement of doorways connecting a suite of rooms with a vista down the whole length of the suite.
- an axial arrangement of mirrors on opposite sides of a room so as to give an effect of an infinitely long vista.
- Military. to attack with an enfilade.
Origin of enfilade
Related Words for enfiladeshower, salvo, hail, fusillade, bombardment, storm, volley, blast, gunfire, burst, firing, crossfire, shooting, thunder, artillery, barrage, detonation, comb, scour, scrape
Examples from the Web for enfilade
Historical Examples of enfilade
If successful, it was to enfilade the Wylie kopjes from that position.Story of the War in South Africa
Captain A. T. Mahan, U.S.N.
Half front your line that way so as not to let them enfilade you.Marion's Faith.
It assists in protecting from enfilade, and affords a plunging fire.The Sailor's Word-Book
William Henry Smyth
From Caribou Ridge the Turks could enfilade parts of our firing-line.World's War Events, Vol. I
A machine gun of the Canterbury Regiment was posted to enfilade them.New Zealanders at Gallipoli
Major Fred Waite
- a position or formation subject to fire from a flank along the length of its front
- to subject (a position or formation) to fire from a flank
- to position (troops or guns) so as to be able to fire at a flank
Word Origin for enfilade
Word Origin and History for enfilade
Used of rows of apartments and lines of trees before modern military sense came to predominate. As a verb from 1706. Related: Enfiladed; enfilading.