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.
- un·en·fi·lad·ed, adjective
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How to use enfilade in a sentence
As that big oblong crowd of Turks showed their left flank to Baikie's nine batteries they were swept in enfilade by shrapnel.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I | Ian Hamilton
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.
In a gleam of sunshine, the variety of tints and lights thrown upon this enfilade, are uncommonly rich.The Book of Curiosities | I. Platts
Meanwhile three Turkish brigs came to the rescue, and got into position so as to enfilade the beach.Byron | Richard Edgcumbe
They could thus, by firing eastwards from this redoubt, rake No Mans Land in direct enfilade.The History of the 51st (Highland) Division 1914-1918 | Frederick William Bewsher
British Dictionary definitions for enfilade
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
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