Meaning of DEFILE in English


I. də̇ˈfīl, dēˈ-, esp before pause or consonant -īəl transitive verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: Middle English defilen, alteration (influenced by Middle English filen to defile) of defoulen to trample on, violate sexually, defile, from Old French defoler, defouler to trample on, mistreat, from de- + foler, fouler to trample on, literally, to full (as cloth) — more at full (to thicken), file (to defile)

1. : to make filthy : dirty , befoul

they that touch pitch will be defiled — Shakespeare

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

not even a tent defiling the primeval splendor — R.L.Neuberger

3. : to rob of chastity : ravish , violate

4. : to make ceremonially unclean : pollute

defile the temple

5. : tarnish , dishonor

defiled his memory with slander

Synonyms: see contaminate

II. “, ˈdēˌf- intransitive verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: French défiler, from dé- de- (from Old French de-, des- ) + filer to move in a column or columns (as of troops), from Old French, to spin, from Late Latin filare, from Latin filum thread — more at file (row)

: to march off or pass along in a line : file off

III. like defile II noun

( -s )

Etymology: French défilé, from past participle of défiler

1. : a narrow passage in which troops can march only in a file or with a narrow front

2. : a long narrow pass (as between hills, rocks, or cliffs)

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