enfilade

[ en-fuh-leyd, -lahd, en-fuh-leyd, -lahd ]
/ ˈɛn fəˌleɪd, -ˌlɑd, ˌɛn fəˈleɪd, -ˈlɑd /

noun

Military.
  1. 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.
  2. the fire thus directed.
Architecture.
  1. an axial arrangement of doorways connecting a suite of rooms with a vista down the whole length of the suite.
  2. an axial arrangement of mirrors on opposite sides of a room so as to give an effect of an infinitely long vista.

verb (used with object), en·fi·lad·ed, en·fi·lad·ing.

Military. to attack with an enfilade.

Origin of enfilade

1695–1705; < French, equivalent to enfil(er) to thread, string (en- en-1 + -filer, derivative of fil < Latin fīlum thread) + -ade -ade1

Related forms

un·en·fi·lad·ed, adjective
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enfilade

/ (ˌɛnfɪˈleɪd) military /

noun

a position or formation subject to fire from a flank along the length of its front

verb (tr)

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

C18: from French: suite, from enfiler to thread on string, from fil thread
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