- 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.
verb (used with object), en·fi·lad·ed, en·fi·lad·ing.
Origin of enfilade
Examples from the Web for enfilade
All three blockhouses were constructed as bastions, so as to enfilade the northern and eastern faces.Samba|Herbert Strang
To be sure they are, and if you sit still you will be able to enfilade them as they retreat.A Double Knot|George Manville Fenn
From Caribou Ridge the Turks could enfilade parts of our firing-line.World's War Events, Vol. I|Various
At dawn we were able to enfilade with machine-guns the vacated trenches.
The enemy held the ridges across the valley and from them directed an accurately ranged machine-gun fire in enfilade.
Word Origin 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.