enfilade

Part of speech: verb

To rake lengthwise, as with shot.

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Usage examples "enfilade":

  1. It was the same plan as before, only that we now had our right hand on the Monte Cristo ridge, from which commanding position our long- range guns could enfilade and even take in reverse some of the enemy's trenches. - "London to Ladysmith via Pretoria", Winston Spencer Churchill.
  2. As this ravine ran at right angles with the river, the sixty men would enfilade an enemy attacking the vessels, and the guard of the vessels would at the same time enfilade an enemy should he attack the cattle on the north side. - "Ismailia", Samuel W. Baker.
  3. On the flank a machine- gun was going, taking them in enfilade. - "No Man's Land", H. C. McNeile.