Meaning of DEFILE in English

DEFILE

defile 1

— defilable , adj. — defilement , n. — defiler , n. — defilingly , adv.

/di fuyl"/ , v.t., defiled, defiling .

1. to make foul, dirty, or unclean; pollute; taint; debase.

2. to violate the chastity of.

3. to make impure for ceremonial use; desecrate.

4. to sully, as a person's reputation.

[ 1275-1325; ME defilen, defelen, alter. of defoilen (by assoc. with filen to FILE 3 ) defouler to trample on, violate; cf. OE befylan to befoul ]

defile 2

/di fuyl", dee"fuyl/ , n. , v. , defiled, defiling .

n.

1. any narrow passage, esp. between mountains.

v.i.

2. to march in a line or by files.

[ 1675-85; défilé, n. use of ptp. of défiler to file off; see DEFILADE ]

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