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defilade

Line breaks: def¦il|ade
Pronunciation: /ˌdɛfɪˈleɪd
 
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Military

Definition of defilade in English:

noun

[mass noun]
The protection of forces against enemy observation or gunfire.
Example sentences
  • It shares the disadvantage of most Soviet tanks in having limited ability to depress the main gun, thus not being capable of firing effectively from defilade and being forced to expose itself to engage targets.
  • Later, we backed into defilade long enough to reload our 90 mm ammunition, then reoccupied our position on the crest of the hill and resumed firing.
  • The inner cordon positions must set where they will be in defilade of the other inner cordon positions and the assault force in the event of a direct fire engagement.

verb

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Protect (forces) against enemy observation or gunfire: (as adjective defiladed) a defiladed tank
More example sentences
  • During a later assault, six enemy soldiers gained a defiladed spot and began to throw grenades into the perimeter making it untenable.
  • After returning to a defiladed position, he skillfully rescued and evacuated a wounded officer.
  • It was ideal for for engaging targets in ravines, reverse slope positions, and in other defiladed positions.

Origin

early 19th century: from French défiler 'protect from the enemy' + -ade1.

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