Meaning of DEFILE in English


I. di-ˈfī(-ə)l, dē- transitive verb

( de·filed ; de·fil·ing )

Etymology: Middle English, alteration (influenced by filen to defile, from Old English fȳlan ) of defoilen to trample, defile, from Anglo-French defoiller, defuler, to trample, from de- + fuller, foller to trample, literally, to full — more at full

Date: 14th century

: to make unclean or impure: as

a. : to corrupt the purity or perfection of : debase

the countryside defiled by billboards

b. : to violate the chastity of : deflower

c. : to make physically unclean especially with something unpleasant or contaminating

boots defiled with blood

d. : to violate the sanctity of : desecrate

defile a sanctuary

e. : sully , dishonor

Synonyms: see contaminate

• de·file·ment -ˈfī(-ə)l-mənt noun

• de·fil·er -ˈfī-lər noun

II. di-ˈfī(-ə)l, ˈdē-ˌfī(-ə)l noun

Etymology: French défilé, from past participle of défiler

Date: 1685

: a narrow passage or gorge

III. di-ˈfī(-ə)l, ˈdē-ˌfī(-ə)l intransitive verb

( de·filed ; de·fil·ing )

Etymology: French défiler, from dé- de- + filer to move in a column — more at file

Date: 1705

: to march off in a line

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