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defilade

[def-uh-leyd] /ˌdɛf əˈleɪd/
noun
1.
protection or shielding from hostile ground observation and flat projecting fire provided by an artificial or natural obstacle, as a hill.
verb (used with object), defiladed, defilading.
2.
to shield from enemy fire by using natural or artificial obstacles.
Origin
1820-1830
1820-30; < French défil(er), orig. to unthread (equivalent to dé- dis-1 + (en)filer to thread ≪ Latin fīlum thread) + French -ade -ade1
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  • The island, devoid of natural defilade positions and narrow enough to limit maneuver room, favored the defenders.
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defilade

/ˌdɛfɪˈleɪd/
noun
1.
protection provided by obstacles against enemy crossfire from the rear, or observation
2.
the disposition of defensive fortifications to produce this protection
verb (transitive)
3.
to provide protection for by defilade
Word Origin
C19: see de-, enfilade
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Word Origin and History for defilade
n.

1828, from defile (n.) + -ade.

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