Meaning of DEFILADE in English


/def'euh layd"/ , n. , v. , defiladed, defilading .


1. protection or shielding from hostile ground observation and flat projecting fire provided by an artificial or natural obstacle, as a hill.


2. to shield from enemy fire by using natural or artificial obstacles.

[ 1820-30; défil ( er ), orig. to unthread (equiv. to dé- DIS- 1 + ( en ) filer to thread filum thread) + F -ade -ADE 1 ]

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .