en·fi·lade (ĕn′fə-lād, -läd)
1. Gunfire directed along the length of a target, such as a column of troops.
2. A target vulnerable to sweeping gunfire.
3. Architecture A linear arrangement of a series of interior doors, as to a suite of rooms, so as to provide an unobstructed view when the doors are open.
tr.v. en·fi·lad·ed, en·fi·lad·ing, en·fi·lades
To rake with gunfire.
[French, series, string, row, from enfiler, to string together, run through, from Old French : en-, in, on; see EN-1 + fil, thread (from Latin fīlum; see gwhī- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots).]
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